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From "Costin Leau (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Updated] (HADOOP-12888) HDFS client requires compromising permission when running under JVM security manager
Date Fri, 04 Mar 2016 16:57:40 GMT

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Costin Leau updated HADOOP-12888:
    Status: Patch Available  (was: Open)

> HDFS client requires compromising permission when running under JVM security manager
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HADOOP-12888
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-12888
>             Project: Hadoop Common
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: security
>    Affects Versions: 2.7.2
>         Environment: Linux
>            Reporter: Costin Leau
>            Assignee: Costin Leau
> HDFS _client_ requires dangerous permission, in particular _execute_ on _all files_ despite
only trying to connect to an HDFS cluster.
> A full list (for both Hadoop 1 and 2) is available here along with the place in code
where they occur.
> While it is understandable for some permissions to be used, requiring {{FilePermission
<<ALL FILES>> execute}} to simply initialize a class field [Shell|https://github.com/apache/hadoop/blob/0fa54d45b1cf8a29f089f64d24f35bd221b4803f/hadoop-common-project/hadoop-common/src/main/java/org/apache/hadoop/util/Shell.java#L728]
which in the end is not used (since it's just a client) simply *compromises* the entire security
> To make matters worse, the code is executed to initialize a field so in case the permissions
is not granted, the VM fails with {{InitializationError}} which is unrecoverable.
> Ironically enough, on Windows this problem does not appear since the code simply bypasses
it and initializes the field with a fall back value ({{false}}).
> A quick fix would be to simply take into account that the JVM {{SecurityManager}} might
be active and the permission not granted or that the external process fails and use a fall
back value.
> A proper and long-term fix would be to minimize the use of permissions for hdfs client
since it is simply not required. A client should be as light as possible and not have the
server requirements leaked onto.

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