Re: [Qemu-devel] [RFC] Next gen kvm api

From: Avi Kivity
Date: Tue Feb 07 2012 - 07:40:36 EST

On 02/07/2012 02:28 PM, Anthony Liguori wrote:

It's a potential source of exploits
(from bugs in KVM or in hardware). I can see people wanting to be
selective with access because of that.

As is true of the rest of the kernel.

If you want finer grain access control, that's exactly why we have things like LSM and SELinux. You can add the appropriate LSM hooks into the KVM infrastructure and setup default SELinux policies appropriately.

LSMs protect objects, not syscalls. There isn't an object to protect here (except the fake /dev/kvm object).

In theory, kvm is exactly the same as other syscalls, but in practice, it is used by only very few user programs, so there may be many unexercised paths.

I have a truly marvellous patch that fixes the bug which this
signature is too narrow to contain.

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