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Date:   Mon, 8 Aug 2022 15:49:48 -0400
From:   Paul Moore <>
To:     "Eric W. Biederman" <>
Cc:     Frederick Lawler <>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 0/4] Introduce security_create_user_ns()

On Mon, Aug 8, 2022 at 3:26 PM Eric W. Biederman <> wrote:
> Paul Moore <> writes:
> >> I did provide constructive feedback.  My feedback to his problem
> >> was to address the real problem of bugs in the kernel.
> >
> > We've heard from several people who have use cases which require
> > adding LSM-level access controls and observability to user namespace
> > creation.  This is the problem we are trying to solve here; if you do
> > not like the approach proposed in this patchset please suggest another
> > implementation that allows LSMs visibility into user namespace
> > creation.
> Please stop, ignoring my feedback, not detailing what problem or
> problems you are actually trying to be solved, and threatening to merge
> code into files that I maintain that has the express purpose of breaking
> my users.

I've heard you talk about bugs being the only reason why people would
want to ever block user namespaces, but I think we've all seen use
cases now where it goes beyond that.  However, even if it didn't, the
need to build high confidence/assurance systems where big chunks of
functionality can be disabled based on a security policy is a very
real use case, and this patchset would help enable that.  I've noticed
you like to talk about these hooks being a source of "regressions",
but access controls are not regressions Eric, they are tools that
system builders, administrators, and users use to secure their

>From my perspective, I believe that addresses your feedback around
"fix the bugs" and "this is a regression", which is the only thing
I've noted from your responses in this thread and others, but if I'm
missing something more technical please let me/us know.

> You just artificially constrained the problems, so that no other
> solution is acceptable.

There is a real need to be able to gain both additional visibility and
access control over user namespace creation, please suggest the
approach(es) you would find acceptable.

> On that basis alone I am object to this whole
> approach to steam roll over me and my code.

I saw that choice of wording in your last email and thought it a bit
curious, so I did a quick git log dump on kernel/user_namespace.c and
I see approximately 31 contributors to that one file.  I've always
thought of the open source maintainer role as more of a "steward" and
less of an "owner", but that's just my opinion.


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