On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 7:16 AM, Richard Guy Briggs <r...@redhat.com> wrote:
> Containers are a userspace concept.  The kernel knows nothing of them.
> The Linux audit system needs a way to be able to track the container
> provenance of events and actions.  Audit needs the kernel's help to do
> this.

Two small comments below, but I tend to think we are at a point where
you can start cobbling together some prototype/RFC patches.  Surely
there are going to be a few changes, and new comments, that come out
once we see an initial implementation so let's see what those are.

> The registration is a u64 representing the audit container identifier
> written to a special file in a pseudo filesystem (proc, since PID tree
> already exists) representing a process that will become a parent process
> in that container.  This write might place restrictions on mount
> namespaces required to define a container, or at least careful checking
> of namespaces in the kernel to verify permissions of the orchestrator so
> it can't change its own container ID.  A bind mount of nsfs may be
> necessary in the container orchestrator's mount namespace.  This write
> can only happen once per process.
> Note: The justification for using a u64 is that it minimizes the
> information printed in every audit record, reducing bandwidth and limits
> comparisons to a single u64 which will be faster and less error-prone.

I know Steve generally worries about audit record size, which is a
perfectly valid concern in this case, I also worry about the
additional overhead when we start routing audit records to multiple
audit daemons (see my other emails in this thread).

> ...
> When a container ceases to exist because the last process in that
> container has exited log the fact to balance the registration action.
> (This is likely needed for certification accountability.)

On the "container ceases to exist" point, I expect this "container
dead" message to come from the orchestrator and not the kernel itself
(I don't want the kernel to have to handle that level of bookkeeping).
I imagine this should be similar to what is done for VM auditing with

paul moore

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