Re: [PATCH V6 05/10] audit: log creation and deletion of namespace instances

From: Andy Lutomirski
Date: Fri May 15 2015 - 09:18:26 EST

On May 15, 2015 9:38 PM, "Steve Grubb" <sgrubb@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thursday, May 14, 2015 11:23:09 PM Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> > On Thu, May 14, 2015 at 7:32 PM, Richard Guy Briggs <rgb@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > On 15/05/14, Paul Moore wrote:
> > >> * Look at our existing audit records to determine which records should
> > >> have
> > >> namespace and container ID tokens added. We may only want to add the
> > >> additional fields in the case where the namespace/container ID tokens are
> > >> not the init namespace.
> > >
> > > If we have a record that ties a set of namespace IDs with a container
> > > ID, then I expect we only need to list the containerID along with auid
> > > and sessionID.
> >
> > The problem here is that the kernel has no concept of a "container", and I
> > don't think it makes any sense to add one just for audit. "Container" is a
> > marketing term used by some userspace tools.
> No, its a real thing just like a login. Does the kernel have any concept of a
> login? Yet it happens. And it causes us to generate events describing who,
> where from, role, success, and time of day. :-)

I really hope those records come from userspace, not the kernel. I
also wonder what happens when a user logs in and types "sudo agetty
/dev/ttyS0 115200". If a user does that and then someone logs in on
/dev/ttyS0, which login are they?

> > I can imagine that both audit could benefit from a concept of a
> > namespace *path* that understands nesting (e.g. root/2/5/1 or
> > something along those lines). Mapping these to "containers" belongs
> > in userspace, I think.
> I don't doubt that just as user space sequences the actions that are a login.
> I just need the kernel to do some book keeping and associate the necessary
> attributes in the event record to be able to reconstruct what is actually
> happening.

A precondition for that is having those records have some
correspondence to what is actually happening. Since the kernel has no
concept of a container, and since the same kernel mechanisms could be
used for things that are probably not whatever the Common Criteria
rules think a container is, this could be quite difficult to define in
a meaningful manner.

Hence my suggestion to add only minimal support in the kernel and to
do this in userspace.

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