userns: targeted capabilities v5

Eric W. Biederman ebiederm at
Thu Feb 17 19:53:37 PST 2011

Andrew Morton <akpm at> writes:

> On Thu, 17 Feb 2011 15:02:24 +0000
> "Serge E. Hallyn" <serge at> wrote:
>> Here is a repost of my previous user namespace patch, ported onto
>> last night's git head.
>> It fixes several things I was doing wrong in the last (v4)
>> posting, in particular:
>> 	1. don't set uts_ns->user_ns to current's when !CLONE_NEWUTS
>> 	2. add a ipc_ns->user_ns which owns ipc_ns, and use that to
>> 	   decide CAP_IPC_OWNER
>> 	3. fix logic flaw caused by bad parantheses
>> 	4. allow do_prlimit to current
>> 	5. don't always give root full privs to init_user_ns
>> The expected course of development for user namespaces is laid out
>> at
> Seems like a nice feature to be developing.
> I worry about the maturity of it all at this stage.  How far along is
> it *really*?
> Is anyone else working with you on developing and reviewing this work?

I did a lot of the initial design and I have been reviewing as I have

Andrew at a practical level we have to merge this incrementally.
Anything much bigger than Serge's current patchset will be too big to
review.  The first really bit step is making capabilities local to the
user namespace, and that is what this patchset does along with using
that localness in some good places.


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