[RFC PATCH] ptrace: add PTRACE_GETFD request

Sargun Dhillon sargun at sargun.me
Fri Dec 6 19:03:08 UTC 2019

On Fri, Dec 6, 2019 at 6:10 AM Tycho Andersen <tycho at tycho.ws> wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 05, 2019 at 11:44:53PM +0000, Sargun Dhillon wrote:
> > PTRACE_GETFD is a generic ptrace API that allows the tracer to
> > get file descriptors from the traceee.
> >
> > The primary reason to use this syscall is to allow sandboxers to
> I might change this to "one motivation to use this ptrace command",
> because I'm sure people will invent other crazy uses soon after it's
> added :)
Another use-case that's come up has been transparent proxy for
service meshes. Rather than doing intercept at L4 (iptables), or
DNS, just rewriting the connect is nicer. A side benefit is that
getpeername still works.

> > take action on an FD on behalf of the tracee. For example, this
> > can be combined with seccomp's user notification feature to extract
> > a file descriptor and call privileged syscalls, like binding
> > a socket to a privileged port.
> This can already be accomplished via injecting parasite code like CRIU
> does; adding a ptrace() command like this makes it much nicer to be
> sure, but it is redundant.
> Tycho
How can you do this if the tracee doesn't have privilege? For example,
if the tracee doesn't have CAP_SYS_BIND_SERVICE, how could you
get it to bind to a port that's privileged without taking the file descriptor
and doing it in a process that does have CAP_SYS_BIND_SERVICE?

The other aspect is that doing the parasitic code thing is kind of slow,
in that it requires quite a few operations.

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