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From "Eric Badger (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (YARN-7221) Add security check for privileged docker container
Date Thu, 01 Feb 2018 16:48:00 GMT

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Eric Badger commented on YARN-7221:
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bq. I'll just point out that In many organization the Hadoop administrators are not the same
group that has access to manage sudo rules. Enforcing this will make it very challenging and
time consuming to use this feature in some clusters.
This is certainly true and it could/would be a pain to set this up if the relevant users were
not already in the sudoers list. However, from the opposite perspective, it would also be
bad for users to be granted sudo access when the administrators did not grant that privilege
to them. This is 100% a conversation about usability vs. security in my mind. I tend to lean
in the direction of secure by default with options to relax those constraints to increase
usability. It's ugly, but an idea could be to have different configurable mechanisms to check
for privileged users. One could be the sudo check and a different one could be a container-executor.cfg
privileged user list check. I'm not sure if I would even support this, but it's an idea of
how to make both of these scenarios work.

> Add security check for privileged docker container
> --------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: YARN-7221
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/YARN-7221
>             Project: Hadoop YARN
>          Issue Type: Sub-task
>            Reporter: Eric Yang
>            Assignee: Eric Yang
>            Priority: Major
>         Attachments: YARN-7221.001.patch, YARN-7221.002.patch
>
>
> When a docker is running with privileges, majority of the use case is to have some program
running with root then drop privileges to another user.  i.e. httpd to start with privileged
and bind to port 80, then drop privileges to www user.  
> # We should add security check for submitting users, to verify they have "sudo" access
to run privileged container.  
> # We should remove --user=uid:gid for privileged containers.  
>  
> Docker can be launched with --privileged=true, and --user=uid:gid flag.  With this parameter
combinations, user will not have access to become root user.  All docker exec command will
be drop to uid:gid user to run instead of granting privileges.  User can gain root privileges
if container file system contains files that give user extra power, but this type of image
is considered as dangerous.  Non-privileged user can launch container with special bits to
acquire same level of root power.  Hence, we lose control of which image should be run with
--privileges, and who have sudo rights to use privileged container images.  As the result,
we should check for sudo access then decide to parameterize --privileged=true OR --user=uid:gid.
 This will avoid leading developer down the wrong path.



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