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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH] storage: Default pool permission mode to 0711

On 2012年07月10日 18:01, Peter Krempa wrote:
On 06/21/12 05:49, Osier Yang wrote:
On 2012年06月19日 00:24, Eric Blake wrote:
On 06/18/2012 03:47 AM, Osier Yang wrote:
Per the typical use of libvirt is to fork the qemu process with
qemu:qemu. Setting the pool permission mode as 0700 by default
will prevent the guest start with permission reason.

Define macro for the default pool and vol permission modes
src/conf/storage_conf.c | 11 ++++++++---
1 files changed, 8 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/src/conf/storage_conf.c b/src/conf/storage_conf.c
index bf4567f..6d4987b 100644
--- a/src/conf/storage_conf.c
+++ b/src/conf/storage_conf.c
@@ -47,6 +47,8 @@



Isn't 755 more typical than 711 for directory permissions? For that
reason, I'd like a second opinion on whether the more relaxed
permissions make sense.

The difference is 755 allows the group users and others to inspect
what the images are and their permissions in the pool. The side
effect what I can think of is:

% ls -l /var/lib/libvirt/images/

-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 1048576 6月 18 14:34 attch.img
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 1048576 6月 14 17:38 foo2.img
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 1048576 6月 14 17:33 foo.img
-rw-rw-rw-. 1 root root 0 6月 21 11:31 local.img

% > /var/lib/libvirt/images/local.img

I.e, if one can check the files in the pool, and the vols
have write permission for group users/others exposed, then
it can be easily damaged.

However, one can destroy the vols data anyway even with 711,
though one should known the filename of the target vol first,

By not allowing to view the directory contents you don't really add much
security. I don't like security-by-obscurity approaches. IIUC you are
able to change the permissions on the pool if you wish to have different
from the default, so this choice should just

% ls -ld /var/lib/libvirt/images/
drwx--x--x. 2 root root 4096 Jun 18 14:34 /var/lib/libvirt/images/
% stat /var/lib/libvirt/images/local.img
File: `/var/lib/libvirt/images/local.img'
Size: 0 Blocks: 0 IO Block: 4096 regular empty
Device: 808h/2056d Inode: 1054167 Links: 1
Access: (0666/-rw-rw-rw-) Uid: ( 0/ root) Gid: ( 0/ root)
Context: system_u:object_r:virt_image_t:s0
Access: 2012-06-21 11:39:41.928284645 +0800
Modify: 2012-06-21 11:31:11.948457979 +0800
Change: 2012-06-21 11:38:58.948639333 +0800
Birth: -
% > /var/lib/libvirt/images/local.img

So from my p.o.v, 711 is better choice, at least it's not that
easy for the group users/others to get the file names in the

I vote for the more common 755 permissions. We shouldn't try to hide the
real problem if permissions are misconfigured by hiding the names.

It doesn't matter much anyway either 755 or 711, and given there
are two votes for 755. I pushed the patch with the change. Thanks
for the points!


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