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

Paul Moore pmoore at redhat.com
Fri May 15 21:05:24 UTC 2015

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 at redhat.com> 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.
> 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.

It might be helpful to climb up a few levels in this thread ...

I think we all agree that containers are not a kernel construct.  I further 
believe that the kernel has no business generating container IDs, those should 
come from userspace and will likely be different depending on how you define 
"container".  However, what is less clear to me at this point is how the 
kernel should handle the setting, reporting, and general management of this 
container ID token.

paul moore
security @ redhat

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