RFC(v2): Audit Kernel Container IDs

Aleksa Sarai asarai at suse.de
Thu Oct 19 23:15:25 UTC 2017

>>>> The registration is a pseudo filesystem (proc, since PID tree already
>>>> exists) write of a u8[16] UUID representing the container ID to a file
>>>> representing a process that will become the first process in a new
>>>> container.  This write might place restrictions on mount namespaces
>>>> required to define a container, or at least careful checking of
>>>> namespaces in the kernel to verify permissions of the orchestrator 
>>>> so it
>>>> can't change its own container ID.  A bind mount of nsfs may be
>>>> necessary in the container orchestrator's mntNS.
>>>> Note: Use a 128-bit scalar rather than a string to make compares faster
>>>> and simpler.
>>>> Require a new CAP_CONTAINER_ADMIN to be able to carry out the
>>>> registration.
>>> Wouldn't CAP_AUDIT_WRITE be sufficient? After all, this is for auditing.
>> No, because then any process with that capability (vsftpd) could change
>> its own container ID.  This is discussed more in other parts of the
>> thread...
> Not if we make the container ID append-only (to support nesting), or 
> write-once (the other idea thrown around). In that case, you can't move 
> "out" from a particular container ID, you can only go "deeper". These 
> semantics don't make sense for generic containers, but since the point 
> of this facility is *specifically* for audit I imagine that not being 
> able to move a process from a sub-container's ID is a benefit.

[This assumes it's CAP_AUDIT_CONTROL which is what we are discussing in 
a sister thread.]

Aleksa Sarai
Senior Software Engineer (Containers)
SUSE Linux GmbH

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