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Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:52:54 -0800
From: Andy Lutomirski <>
To: Djalal Harouni <>
Cc: Linux API <>, 
	"" <>, 
	"" <>, Andrew Morton <>, 
	Kees Cook <>, Lafcadio Wluiki <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 2/2] procfs/tasks: add a simple per-task procfs
 hidepid= field

On Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 5:53 AM, Djalal Harouni <> wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 12:35 AM, Andy Lutomirski <> wrote:
>> On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 2:50 PM, Djalal Harouni <> wrote:
>>>> Also, this one-way thing seems wrong to me.  I think it should roughly
>>>> follow the no_new_privs rules instead.  IOW, if you unshare your
>>>> pidns, it gets cleared.  Also, maybe you shouldn't be able to set it
>>> Andy I don't follow here, no_new_privs is never cleared right ? I
>>> can't see the corresponding clear bit code for it.
>> I believe that unsharing userns clears no_new_privs.
> No, it is not cleared, and I can't see the clear bit for it. Maybe due
> to userns+filesystems limitations it was not noticed.

Hmm, maybe I remembered wrong.

>> I feel like this feature (per-task hidepid) is subtle and complex
>> enough that it should have a very clear purpose and use case before
>> it's merged and that we should make sure that there isn't a better way
>> to accomplish what you're trying to do.
> Sure, the hidepid mount option is old enough, and this per-task
> hidepid is clearly defined only for procfs and per task, we can't add
> another switch that's relate to both a filesystem and pid namespaces,
> it will be a bit complicated and not really useful for cases that are
> in *same* pidns where *each* one have to mount its procfs, it will
> propagate. Also as noted by Lafcadio, the gid thing is a bit hard to
> use now.

What I'm trying to say is that I want to understand a complete,
real-world use case.  Adding a security-related per-task flag is can
be quite messy and requires a lot of careful thought to get right, and
I'd rather avoid it if at all possible.

I'm imaging something like a new RestrictPidVisisbility= option in
systemd.  I agree that this is currently a mess to do.  But maybe a
simpler solution would be to add a new mount option local_hidepid to
procfs.  If you set that option, then it overrides hidepid for that
instance.  Most of these semi-sandboxed daemon processes already have
their own mount namespace, so the overhead should be minimal.


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