Re: [RFC v3 18/22] cgroup,landlock: Add CGRP_NO_NEW_PRIVS to handle unprivileged hooks

From: MickaÃl SalaÃn
Date: Thu Sep 15 2016 - 15:37:10 EST

On 15/09/2016 03:25, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 3:11 PM, MickaÃl SalaÃn <mic@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On 14/09/2016 20:27, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
>>> On Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 12:24 AM, MickaÃl SalaÃn <mic@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>> Add a new flag CGRP_NO_NEW_PRIVS for each cgroup. This flag is initially
>>>> set for all cgroup except the root. The flag is clear when a new process
>>>> without the no_new_privs flags is attached to the cgroup.
>>>> If a cgroup is landlocked, then any new attempt, from an unprivileged
>>>> process, to attach a process without no_new_privs to this cgroup will
>>>> be denied.
>>> Until and unless everyone can agree on a way to properly namespace,
>>> delegate, etc cgroups, I think that trying to add unprivileged
>>> semantics to cgroups is nuts. Given the big thread about cgroup v2,
>>> no-internal-tasks, etc, I just don't see how this approach can be
>>> viable.
>> As far as I can tell, the no_new_privs flag of at task is not related to
>> namespaces. The CGRP_NO_NEW_PRIVS flag is only a cache to quickly access
>> the no_new_privs property of *tasks* in a cgroup. The semantic is unchanged.
>> Using cgroup is optional, any task could use the seccomp-based
>> landlocking instead. However, for those that want/need to manage a
>> security policy in a more dynamic way, using cgroups may make sense.
>> I though cgroup delegation was OK in the v2, isn't it the case? Do you
>> have some links?
>>> Can we try to make landlock work completely independently of cgroups
>>> so that it doesn't get stuck and so that programs can use it without
>>> worrying about cgroup v1 vs v2, interactions with cgroup managers,
>>> cgroup managers that (supposedly?) will start migrating processes
>>> around piecemeal and almost certainly blowing up landlock in the
>>> process, etc?
>> This RFC handle both cgroup and seccomp approaches in a similar way. I
>> don't see why building on top of cgroup v2 is a problem. Is there
>> security issues with delegation?
> What I mean is: cgroup v2 delegation has a functionality problem.
> Tejun says [1]:
> We haven't had to face this decision because cgroup has never properly
> supported delegating to applications and the in-use setups where this
> happens are custom configurations where there is no boundary between
> system and applications and adhoc trial-and-error is good enough a way
> to find a working solution. That wiggle room goes away once we
> officially open this up to individual applications.
> Unless and until that changes, I think that landlock should stay away
> from cgroups. Others could reasonably disagree with me.
> [1]

I don't get the same echo here:

On 26/08/2016 17:50, Tejun Heo wrote:
> Please refer to "2-5. Delegation" of Documentation/cgroup-v2.txt.
> Delegation on v1 is broken on both core and specific controller
> behaviors and thus discouraged. On v2, delegation should work just
> fine.

Tejun, could you please clarify if there is still a problem with cgroup
v2 delegation?

This patch only implement a cache mechanism with the CGRP_NO_NEW_PRIVS
flag. If cgroups can group processes correctly, I don't see any
(security) issue here. It's the administrator choice to delegate a part
of the cgroup management. It's then the delegatee responsibility to
correctly put processes in cgroups. This is comparable to a process
which is responsible to correctly call seccomp(2).


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