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Re: [libvirt] CAP_SYS_RAWIO missing for qemu-kvm device passthrough



On Fri, May 14, 2010 at 12:24:13AM +0200, Gerd v. Egidy wrote:
> Hi Chris,
> 
> > > I traced the issue down to a missing CAP_SYS_RAWIO.The kvm kernel module
> > > requires CAP_SYS_RAWIO to use the KVM_ASSIGN_DEV_IRQ ioctl.
> > 
> > There is some pending work in KVM to deal with this.  It simply removes
> > CAP_SYS_RAWIO.  Need to finish auditing this.  
> 
> Thanks for confirming the issue.
> 
> > Dropping all but
> > CAP_SYS_RAWIO in libvirt isn't a good final solution since it
> > drastically undermines the value of dropping privileges.
> 
> Wouldn't it make sense to do just that as a temporary solution until the real 
> fix is finished?

No, giving QEMU capabilities in this way seriously undermines the security
of the host for  all users regardless of whether they actually use SR-IOV.
The kernel needs fixing.

Daniel
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