Re: [PATCH] devpts: Add ptmx_uid and ptmx_gid options

From: Andy Lutomirski
Date: Tue Mar 08 2016 - 13:18:30 EST

On Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 1:16 AM, Alexander Larsson <alexl@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On mÃn, 2016-03-07 at 20:59 -0800, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
>> On Thu, May 28, 2015 at 12:42 PM, Eric W. Biederman
>> <ebiederm@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > Andy Lutomirski <luto@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> >
>> Apparently alexl is encountering some annoyances related to the
>> current workaround, and the workaround is certainly ugly.
> It works, but it introduces an extra namespace that gets exposed to the
> world, which is pretty ugly. For instance, entering the namespace
> becomes hard. I can setns() into the intermediate user+mount namespace
> without problems, but if i try to setns into the final user+mount ns
> (it gets its own implicit mount ns) i get EPERM. I'm not sure exactly
> why though...
>> Your proposal seems like it could break some use cases involving
>> fscaps on a mount or mount-like binary.
>> What if we change it to use the owner of the userns that owns the
>> current mount ns? For anything that doesn't explicitly use
>> namespaces, this will be zero. For namespace users, it should do the
>> right thing.
> Any of these is fine with me. One nice thing would if i could somehow
> detect whether this was supported or not so that i can fall back on the
> old workaround.

I'll send a patch.

I suppose the straightforward, if slightly awkward, way to detect it
is just to try it -- create a namespace and try to mount devpts.