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Re: [libvirt] Matching the type of mediated devices in the migration
- From: Alex Williamson <alex williamson redhat com>
- To: "Tian, Kevin" <kevin tian intel com>
- Cc: "libvir-list redhat com" <libvir-list redhat com>, Kirti Wankhede <kwankhede nvidia com>, "Lv, Zhiyuan" <zhiyuan lv intel com>, "Wang, Zhi A" <zhi a wang intel com>, Erik Skultety <eskultet redhat com>
- Subject: Re: [libvirt] Matching the type of mediated devices in the migration
- Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2018 21:47:07 -0600
On Wed, 22 Aug 2018 02:30:12 +0000
"Tian, Kevin" <kevin tian intel com> wrote:
> > From: Alex Williamson [mailto:alex williamson redhat com]
> > Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 10:08 AM
> > On Wed, 22 Aug 2018 01:27:05 +0000
> > "Tian, Kevin" <kevin tian intel com> wrote:
> > > > From: Wang, Zhi A
> > > > Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 2:43 AM
> > > > >
> > > > > Are there any suggestions how we can deal with security issues?
> > > > > Allowing userspace to provide a data stream representing the internal
> > > > > state of a virtual device model living within the kernel seems
> > > > > troublesome. If we need to trust the data stream, do we need to
> > > > > somehow make the operation more privileged than what a vfio user
> > > > might
> > > > > have otherwise? Does the data stream need to be somehow signed
> > and
> > > > how
> > > > > might we do that? How can we build in protection against an
> > untrusted
> > > > > restore image? Thanks,
> > >
> > > imo it is not necessary. restoring mdev state should be handled as if
> > > guest is programming the mdev.
> > To me this suggests that a state save/restore is just an algorithm
> > executed by userspace using the existing vfio device accesses. This is
> > not at all what we've been discussing for migration. I believe the
> not algorithm by userspace. It's kernel driver to apply the audit when
> receiving opaque state data.
And a kernel driver receiving and processing opaque state date from a
user doesn't raise security concerns for you?
> > interface we've been hashing out exposes opaque device state through a
> > vfio region. We therefore must assume that that opaque data contains
> > not only device state, but also emulation state, similar to what we see
> > for any QEMU device. Not only is there internal emulation state, but
> > we have no guarantee that the device state goes through the same
> > auditing as it does through the vfio interface. Since this device and
> > emulation state live inside the kernel and not just within the user's
> > own process, a malicious user can do far more than shoot themselves. It
> > would be one thing devices were IOMMU isolated, but they're not,
> > they're isolated through vendor and device specific mechanism, and for
> > all we know the parameters of that isolation are included in the
> > restore state. I don't see how we can say this is not an issue.
> I didn't quite get this. My understanding is that isolation configuration
> is completed when a mdev is created on DEST machine given a type
> definition. The state image contains just runtime data reflecting what
> guest driver does on SRC machine. Restoring such state shouldn't
> change the isolation policy.
Let's invent an example where the mdev vendor driver has a set of
pinned pages which are the current working set for the device at the
time of migration. Information about that pinning might be included in
the opaque migration state. If a malicious user discovers this, they
can potentially also craft a modified state which can exploit the host
> > > Then all the audits/security checks
> > > enforced in normal emulation path should still apply. vendor driver
> > > may choose to audit every state restore operation one-by-one, and
> > > do it altoghter at a synchronization point (e.g. when the mdev is re-
> > > scheduled, similar to what we did before VMENTRY).
> > Giving the vendor driver the choice of whether to be secure or not is
> > exactly what I'm trying to propose we spend some time thinking about.
> > For instance, what if instead of allowing the user to load device state
> > through a region, the kernel could side load it using sometime similar
> > to the firmware loading path. The user could be provided with a file
> > name token that they push through the vfio interface to trigger the
> > state loading from a location with proper file level ACLs such that the
> > image can be considered trusted. Unfortunately the collateral is that
> > libvirt would need to become the secure delivery entity, somehow
> > stripping this section of the migration stream into a file and
> > providing a token for the user to ask the kernel to load it. What are
> > some other options? Could save/restore be done simply as an
> > algorithmic script matched to stack of data, as I read into your first
> > statement above? I have doubts that we can achieve the internal state
> > we need, or maybe even the performance we need using such a process.
> > Thanks,
> for GVT-g I think we invoke common functions as used in emulation path
> to recover vGPU state, e.g. gtt rw handler, etc. Zhi can correct me if
> I'm wrong.
One example of migration state being restored in a secure manner does
not prove that such an interface is universally secure or a good idea.
> Can you elaborate the difference between device state and emulation
> state which you mentioned earlier? We may need look at some concrete
> example to understand the actual problem here.
See my example above, or imagine that the migration state information
includes any sort of index field where a user might be able to modify
the index and trick the driver into inserting malicious code elsewhere
in the host kernel stack. It's a security nightmare waiting to
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