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From "Allen Wittenauer (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (YARN-5673) [Umbrella] Re-write container-executor to improve security, extensibility, and portability
Date Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:56:59 GMT

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Allen Wittenauer commented on YARN-5673:
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FWIW, a lot of the issues raised here are why I recommended moving to dynamic loading.  No
extra executables, may potentially cut down on launch time, no need to worry about unused
features being holes because you can remove the code from the execution path completely, etc,
etc.

> [Umbrella] Re-write container-executor to improve security, extensibility, and portability
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: YARN-5673
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/YARN-5673
>             Project: Hadoop YARN
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: nodemanager
>            Reporter: Varun Vasudev
>            Assignee: Varun Vasudev
>         Attachments: container-executor Re-write Design Document.pdf
>
>
> As YARN adds support for new features that require administrator privileges(such as support
for network throttling and docker), we’ve had to add new capabilities to the container-executor.
This has led to a recognition that the current container-executor security features as well
as the code could be improved. The current code is fragile and it’s hard to add new features
without causing regressions. Some of the improvements that need to be made are -
> *Security*
> Currently the container-executor has limited security features. It relies primarily on
the permissions set on the binary but does little additional security beyond that. There are
few outstanding issues today -
> - No audit log
> - No way to disable features - network throttling and docker support are built in and
there’s no way to turn them off at a container-executor level
> - Code can be improved - a lot of the code switches users back and forth in an arbitrary
manner
> - No input validation - the paths, and files provided at invocation are not validated
or required to be in some specific location
> - No signing functionality - there is no way to enforce that the binary was invoked by
the NM and not by any other process
> *Code Issues*
> The code layout and implementation themselves can be improved. Some issues there are
-
> - No support for log levels - everything is logged and this can’t be turned on or off
> - Extremely long set of invocation parameters(specifically during container launch) which
makes turning features on or off complicated
> - Poor test coverage - it’s easy to introduce regressions today due to the lack of
a proper test setup
> - Duplicate functionality - there is some amount of code duplication
> - Hard to make improvements or add new features due to the issues raised above
> *Portability*
>  - The container-executor mixes platform dependent APIs with platform independent APIs
making it hard to run it on multiple platforms. Allowing it to run on multiple platforms also
improves the overall code structure .
> One option is to improve the existing container-executor, however it might be easier
to start from scratch. That allows existing functionality to be supported until we are ready
to switch to the new code.
> This umbrella JIRA is to capture all the work required for the new code. I'm going to
work on a design doc for the changes - any suggestions or improvements are welcome.



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