Re: [PATCH v3 00/11] Add namespace support for syslog

From: Eric W. Biederman
Date: Wed Aug 14 2013 - 15:22:30 EST

"Serge E. Hallyn" <serge@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> Quoting Rui Xiang (rui.xiang@xxxxxxxxxx):
>> On 2013/8/8 9:37, Gao feng wrote:
>> > On 08/07/2013 03:55 PM, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>> >>
>> >> Since this still has not been addressed. I am going to repeat Andrews
>> >> objection again.
>> >>
>> >> Isn't there a better way to get iptables information out than to use
>> >> syslog. I did not have time to follow up on that but it did appear that
>> >> someone did have a better way to get the information out.
>> >>
>> >> Essentially the argument against this goes. The kernel logging facility
>> >> is really not a particularly good tool to be using for anything other
>> >> than kernel debugging information, and there appear to be no substantial
>> >> uses for a separate syslog that should not be done in other ways.
>> >
>> > containerizing syslog is not only for iptables, it also isolates the /dev/kmsg,
>> > /proc/kmsg, syslog(2)... user space tools in container may use this interface
>> > to read/generate syslog.
>> >
>> > But I don't know how important/urgent this containerizing syslog work is,
>> > Rui Xiang, can you find an important/popular user space tool which uses this
>> > interfaces to generate kernel syslog?
>> >
>> There are some other cases. Some warnings (bad mount options for tmpfs,
>> bad uid owner for many of them, etc) emerged in the container should
>> be exported to the container. Some belong on the host - if they show
>> a corrupt superblock which may indicate an attempt by the container
>> to crash the kernel. Like these, Kernel will print out warnings when
>> userspace in container uses a deprecated something or other, and these
>> logs should be invisible and specific for current container.
>> I can't say this work is terribly compelling and important, but the
>> impact may be obvious, IMO.
> Aug 9 21:49:13 sergeh1 kernel: [4644829.672768] init: Failed to spawn network-interface (veth8Ehlvj) post-stop process: unable to change root directory: No such file ricr:aeohgrticr cfe rty444984 n:aetswnw-ta(ht -rrsultheoit: hlrro<4865i:i sntkta(ht ttpe btheoit: hlrrob r6ezt)nrgoadgte644915 c0pt(tyg ti wd a
> Aug 9 21:49:13 sergeh1 kernel: X3f d-6:uigitra ora
> Aug 9 22:19:54 sergeh1 kernel: 6[642.175 X3f d-6:mutdflsse ihodrddt oe==99 rfl=lccnanrdfutwt-etn"nm=/a/ah/x/lu-ui/m.AExdu"pi=91 om=mut sye"x3name="/devlo0" lg=r"ol pmc r=3an19pfel-nireu-tntgne/rc/cldudmHEqu d97o=otfy=x"ra=d/o/fg""8b:o vhc)nrgibdte646013 veeMzWe oso d<[4715]xr r1eMc egset
> Aug

That is certainly a mess. Now I don't believe we allow processes in a
user namespace to write to the kernels log (certainly we shouldn't be)
so part of that is not a problem.

What is interleaving messages into syslog?

And to be clear my only perspective is that we need to make certain we
have this thought out.

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