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Re: seccomp jailing for applications

Colin Watson <cjwatson@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> On Fri, Dec 01, 2017 at 12:35:06AM +0000, Colin Watson wrote:

>> (Hmm, though maybe a reasonable stopgap would be to copy the relevant
>> syscall lists from systemd's code.  That would leave me updating things
>> manually from time to time, which isn't great, but it would probably
>> still be better than maintaining my own list!  I think I'll do this.)

> That was indeed a worthwhile exercise.  I'm now down to five sets taken
> verbatim from systemd, which are long but I can just update them
> wholesale from time to time; three sets from systemd from which I've
> extracted subsets, e.g. a read-only subset of file system operations;
> and nine additional syscalls, some of which I still need to review and
> possibly either restrict by arguments or drop.  Those are much more
> tolerable numbers than a monolithic block of over a hundred syscalls.

> The exercise caused me to notice several syscalls I'd missed, and some
> that I'd included inappropriately.  It's still a lot of lines of code,
> but should be much easier to maintain, and would probably also make it
> easier to switch to a syscall-set-confining library if such a thing
> exists in the future.

I have seriously considered writing an automated tool to do exactly that.
systemd has the right idea for UI for how to do reasonable seccomp
filters, but there's absolutely no reason why that maintained syscall list
needs to be systemd-internal code.  Thankfully, it should be pretty easy
to extract on an automated basis and publish in some sort of derived
library until such time as there's some lower-level library that does
this.  (Disclaimer: I've never asked systemd folks to publish it
separately, and am not familiar with any previous conversations about

Thank you so much for building seccomp jailing into man-db directly!  I
think this is an excellent step for anyone writing code for Linux systems
to consider doing these days.

Russ Allbery (rra@xxxxxxxxxx)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>