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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH v4 0/7] file descriptor passing using pass-fd

On 06/26/2012 04:10 AM, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
On Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 02:36:07PM -0400, Corey Bryant wrote:
libvirt's sVirt security driver provides SELinux MAC isolation for
Qemu guest processes and their corresponding image files.  In other
words, sVirt uses SELinux to prevent a QEMU process from opening
files that do not belong to it.

sVirt provides this support by labeling guests and resources with
security labels that are stored in file system extended attributes.
Some file systems, such as NFS, do not support the extended
attribute security namespace, and therefore cannot support sVirt

A solution to this problem is to provide fd passing support, where
libvirt opens files and passes file descriptors to QEMU.  This,
along with SELinux policy to prevent QEMU from opening files, can
provide image file isolation for NFS files stored on the same NFS

This patch series adds the pass-fd QMP monitor command, which allows
an fd to be passed via SCM_RIGHTS, and returns the received file
descriptor.  Support is also added to the block layer to allow QEMU
to dup the fd when the filename is of the /dev/fd/X format.  This
is useful if MAC policy prevents QEMU from opening specific types
of files.

I was thinking about some of the sources complexity when using
FD passing from libvirt and wanted to raise one idea for discussion
before we continue.

With this proposed series, we have usage akin to:

   1. pass_fd FDSET={M} ->  returns a string "/dev/fd/N" showing QEMU's
      view of the FD
   2. drive_add file=/dev/fd/N
   3. if failure:
        close_fd "/dev/fd/N"

My problem is that none of this FD passing is "transactional".

My original patch series did not suffer from this problem.

QEMU owned the file descriptor once it received it from libvirt.

I don't think the cited problem (QEMU failing an operation if libvirt was down) is really an actual problem since it would be libvirt that would be issuing the command in the first place (so the command would just fail which libvirt would have to assume anyway if it crashed).

I really dislike where this thread has headed with /dev/fdset. This has become extremely complex and cumbersome.

Perhaps we should reconsider using an RPC for QEMU to request an fd as this solves all the cited problems in a much simpler fashion.


Anthony Liguori

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