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From: Jann Horn <jannh@google.com>
To: Stefano Garzarella <sgarzare@redhat.com>
Cc: Jens Axboe <axboe@kernel.dk>, Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>,
	Christian Brauner <christian.brauner@ubuntu.com>,
	Sargun Dhillon <sargun@sargun.me>, Aleksa Sarai <asarai@suse.de>,
	Stefan Hajnoczi <stefanha@redhat.com>,
	Jeff Moyer <jmoyer@redhat.com>,
	io-uring <io-uring@vger.kernel.org>,
	kernel list <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	Kernel Hardening <kernel-hardening@lists.openwall.com>
Subject: Re: [RFC] io_uring: add restrictions to support untrusted applications and guests
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2020 13:32:54 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <CAG48ez2n5t7zkm7H_bPAcxz6KT25TrMp3sLZ3BhpMHaCQqcArQ@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20200616091247.hdmxcrnlrrxih7my@steredhat>

On Tue, Jun 16, 2020 at 11:13 AM Stefano Garzarella <sgarzare@redhat.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 11:00:25AM -0600, Jens Axboe wrote:
> > On 6/15/20 7:33 AM, Stefano Garzarella wrote:
> > > On Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 11:04:06AM +0200, Jann Horn wrote:
> > >> +Kees, Christian, Sargun, Aleksa, kernel-hardening for their opinions
> > >> on seccomp-related aspects
> > >>
> > >> On Tue, Jun 9, 2020 at 4:24 PM Stefano Garzarella <sgarzare@redhat.com> wrote:
> > >>> Hi Jens,
> > >>> Stefan and I have a proposal to share with io_uring community.
> > >>> Before implementing it we would like to discuss it to receive feedbacks and
> > >>> to see if it could be accepted:
> > >>>
> > >>> Adding restrictions to io_uring
> > >>> =====================================
> > >>> The io_uring API provides submission and completion queues for performing
> > >>> asynchronous I/O operations. The queues are located in memory that is
> > >>> accessible to both the host userspace application and the kernel, making it
> > >>> possible to monitor for activity through polling instead of system calls. This
> > >>> design offers good performance and this makes exposing io_uring to guests an
> > >>> attractive idea for improving I/O performance in virtualization.
> > >> [...]
> > >>> Restrictions
> > >>> ------------
> > >>> This document proposes io_uring API changes that safely allow untrusted
> > >>> applications or guests to use io_uring. io_uring's existing security model is
> > >>> that of kernel system call handler code. It is designed to reject invalid
> > >>> inputs from host userspace applications. Supporting guests as io_uring API
> > >>> clients adds a new trust domain with access to even fewer resources than host
> > >>> userspace applications.
> > >>>
> > >>> Guests do not have direct access to host userspace application file descriptors
> > >>> or memory. The host userspace application, a Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM) such
> > >>> as QEMU, grants access to a subset of its file descriptors and memory. The
> > >>> allowed file descriptors are typically the disk image files belonging to the
> > >>> guest. The memory is typically the virtual machine's RAM that the VMM has
> > >>> allocated on behalf of the guest.
> > >>>
> > >>> The following extensions to the io_uring API allow the host application to
> > >>> grant access to some of its file descriptors.
> > >>>
> > >>> These extensions are designed to be applicable to other use cases besides
> > >>> untrusted guests and are not virtualization-specific. For example, the
> > >>> restrictions can be used to allow only a subset of sqe operations available to
> > >>> an application similar to seccomp syscall whitelisting.
> > >>>
> > >>> An address translation and memory restriction mechanism would also be
> > >>> necessary, but we can discuss this later.
> > >>>
> > >>> The IOURING_REGISTER_RESTRICTIONS opcode
> > >>> ----------------------------------------
> > >>> The new io_uring_register(2) IOURING_REGISTER_RESTRICTIONS opcode permanently
> > >>> installs a feature whitelist on an io_ring_ctx. The io_ring_ctx can then be
> > >>> passed to untrusted code with the knowledge that only operations present in the
> > >>> whitelist can be executed.
> > >>
> > >> This approach of first creating a normal io_uring instance and then
> > >> installing restrictions separately in a second syscall means that it
> > >> won't be possible to use seccomp to restrict newly created io_uring
> > >> instances; code that should be subject to seccomp restrictions and
> > >> uring restrictions would only be able to use preexisting io_uring
> > >> instances that have already been configured by trusted code.
> > >>
> > >> So I think that from the seccomp perspective, it might be preferable
> > >> to set up these restrictions in the io_uring_setup() syscall. It might
> > >> also be a bit nicer from a code cleanliness perspective, since you
> > >> won't have to worry about concurrently changing restrictions.
> > >>
> > >
> > > Thank you for these details!
> > >
> > > It seems feasible to include the restrictions during io_uring_setup().
> > >
> > > The only doubt concerns the possibility of allowing the trusted code to
> > > do some operations, before passing queues to the untrusted code, for
> > > example registering file descriptors, buffers, eventfds, etc.
> > >
> > > To avoid this, I should include these operations in io_uring_setup(),
> > > adding some code that I wanted to avoid by reusing io_uring_register().
> > >
> > > If I add restrictions in io_uring_setup() and then add an operation to
> > > go into safe mode (e.g. a flag in io_uring_enter()), we would have the same
> > > problem, right?
> > >
> > > Just to be clear, I mean something like this:
> > >
> > >     /* params will include restrictions */
> > >     fd = io_uring_setup(entries, params);
> > >
> > >     /* trusted code */
> > >     io_uring_register_files(fd, ...);
> > >     io_uring_register_buffers(fd, ...);
> > >     io_uring_register_eventfd(fd, ...);
> > >
> > >     /* enable safe mode */
> > >     io_uring_enter(fd, ..., IORING_ENTER_ENABLE_RESTRICTIONS);
> > >
> > >
> > > Anyway, including a list of things to register in the 'params', passed
> > > to io_uring_setup(), should be feasible, if Jens agree :-)
> >
> > I wonder how best to deal with this, in terms of ring visibility vs
> > registering restrictions. We could potentially start the ring in a
> > disabled mode, if asked to. It'd still be visible in terms of having
> > the fd installed, but it'd just error requests. That'd leave you with
> > time to do the various setup routines needed before then flagging it
> > as enabled. My only worry on that would be adding overhead for doing
> > that. It'd be cheap enough to check for IORING_SETUP_DISABLED in
> > ctx->flags in io_uring_enter(), and return -EBADFD or something if
> > that's the case. That doesn't cover the SQPOLL case though, but maybe we
> > just don't start the sq thread if IORING_SETUP_DISABLED is set.
>
> It seems to me a very good approach and easy to implement. In this way
> we can reuse io_uring_register() without having to modify too much
> io_uring_setup().
>
> >
> > We'd need a way to clear IORING_SETUP_DISABLED through
> > io_uring_register(). When clearing, that could then start the sq thread
> > as well, when SQPOLL is set.
>
> Could we do it using io_uring_enter() since we have a flag field or
> do you think it's semantically incorrect?
>
> @Jann, do you think this could work with seccomp?

To clarify that I understood your proposal correctly: Is the idea to
have two types of mostly orthogonal restrictions; one type being
restrictions on the opcode (supplied in io_uring_setup() and enforced
immediately) and the other type being restrictions on
io_uring_register() (enabled via IORING_ENTER_ENABLE_RESTRICTIONS)?

That sounds fine to me. IORING_ENTER_ENABLE_RESTRICTIONS probably
isn't necessary for your usecase though, right? Or is the idea to use
that to suppress grace periods during setup in io_uring_register(), or
something like that?

  reply	other threads:[~2020-06-16 11:33 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 13+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-06-09 14:24 Stefano Garzarella
2020-06-14 15:52 ` Jens Axboe
2020-06-15  7:23   ` Stefano Garzarella
2020-06-15  9:04 ` Jann Horn
2020-06-15 13:33   ` Stefano Garzarella
2020-06-15 17:00     ` Jens Axboe
2020-06-16  9:12       ` Stefano Garzarella
2020-06-16 11:32         ` Jann Horn [this message]
2020-06-16 14:07           ` Stefano Garzarella
2020-06-16 15:26         ` Jens Axboe
2020-06-16 16:07           ` Stefano Garzarella
2020-06-15 22:01   ` Christian Brauner
2020-06-15 23:26     ` Jann Horn

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