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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH v5 4/4] qemu/rbd: improve rbd device specification

On 11/15/2011 04:05 PM, Eric Blake wrote:
On 10/31/2011 07:29 PM, Josh Durgin wrote:
From: Sage Weil<sage newdream net>

Sorry for letting my review of this slip 2 weeks.

This improves the support for qemu rbd devices by adding support for a few
key features (e.g., authentication) and cleaning up the way in which
rbd configuration options are passed to qemu.

An<auth>  member of the disk source xml specifies how librbd should
authenticate. The username attribute is the Ceph/RBD user to authenticate as.
The usage or uuid attributes specify which secret to use. Usage is an
arbitrary identifier local to libvirt.

The old RBD support relied on setting an environment variable to
communicate information to qemu/librbd.  Instead, pass those options
explicitly to qemu.  Update the qemu argument parsing and tests

Signed-off-by: Sage Weil<sage newdream net>
Signed-off-by: Josh Durgin<josh durgin dreamhost com>

Changes since v4:
* fixes memory management issues
* keep older rbd command line parsing and test case
* check qemuAddRBDHost return values
* use more efficient virBuffer functions

Looks like you got all my review points.

ACK and pushed, although I do have some questions that may deserve
followup patches:

+static int
+qemuBuildRBDString(virConnectPtr conn,
+                   virDomainDiskDefPtr disk,
+                   virBufferPtr opt)
+    int i, ret = 0;
+    virSecretPtr sec = NULL;
+    char *secret = NULL;
+    size_t secret_size;
+    virBufferAsprintf(opt, "rbd:%s", disk->src);
+    if (disk->auth.username) {
+        virBufferEscape(opt, ":", ":id=%s", disk->auth.username);

This results in ambiguous output if disk->auth.username can end in a
single backslash (since then, you would have \: when combined with the
next part of the option, making it look like the next ":mon_host="
option is instead a continuation of the ":id=" username).  Should we be
escaping backslash as well as colon?  Or should virBufferEscape be
taught to always escape backslash in addition to whatever characters
were passed in to its 'toescape' argument?

Escaping backslashes wouldn't hurt, but these usernames aren't expected to have backslashes in them (they're genericNames in the xml schema).

+        if (sec) {
+            char *base64 = NULL;
+            secret = (char *)conn->secretDriver->getValue(sec,&secret_size, 0,
+                                                          VIR_SECRET_GET_VALUE_INTERNAL_CALL);
+            if (secret == NULL) {
+                qemuReportError(VIR_ERR_INTERNAL_ERROR,
+                                _("could not get the value of the secret for username %s"),
+                                disk->auth.username);
+                goto error;
+            }
+            /* qemu/librbd wants it base64 encoded */
+            base64_encode_alloc(secret, secret_size,&base64);
+            if (!base64) {
+                virReportOOMError();
+                goto error;
+            }
+            virBufferEscape(opt, ":", ":key=%s:auth_supported=cephx none",
+                            base64);
+            VIR_FREE(base64);

The command line that we pass to qemu gets logged.  But what happens if
the secret was marked as ephemeral - could we be violating the premise
of not exposing passwords to too broad an audience?  Or are we already
safe in that the log entries created by virCommand can only be exposed
to users that already can get at the secret information by other means?

The secret can be read from the command line of the running process, which is even less secure than the log. I'm working on passing the secret via the qemu monitor instead of the command line, which will avoid both issues.

Maybe this means we should we be adding capabilities into virCommand to
prevent the logging of the actual secret (whether base64-encoded or
otherwise), and instead log an alternate string?  That is, should
virCommand be tracking parallel argv arrays; the real array passed to
exec() but never logged, and the alternate array (normally matching the
real one, but which can differ in this particular case of passing an
argument that contains a password)?

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