[libvirt] [PATCH 1/2] virsh: Track when create pkttyagent

John Ferlan jferlan at redhat.com
Thu May 11 15:04:40 UTC 2017


Due to how the processing for authentication using polkit works, the
virshConnect code must first "attempt" an virConnectOpenAuth and then
check for a "special" return error code VIR_ERR_AUTH_UNAVAILABLE in
order to attempt to "retry" the authentication after performing a creation
of a pkttyagent to handle the challenge/response for the client.

However, if pkttyagent creation is not possible for the authentication
being attempted (such as perhaps a "qemu+ssh://someuser@localhost/system"),
then the same failure pattern would be returned and another attempt to
create a pkttyagent would be done. This would continue "forever" until
someone forced quit (e.g. ctrl-c) from virsh as the 'authfail' was not
incremented when creating the pkttyagent.

So add a 'agentCreated' boolean to track if we've attempted to create the
agent at least once and force a failure if that creation returned the same
error pattern.

This resolves a possible never ending loop and will generate an error:

error: failed to connect to the hypervisor
error: authentication unavailable: no polkit agent available to authenticate action 'org.libvirt.unix.manage'

NB: If the authentication was for a sufficiently privileged client, such as
qemu+ssh://root@localhost/system, then the remoteDispatchAuthList "allows"
the authentication to use libvirt since @callerUid would be 0.

Signed-off-by: John Ferlan <jferlan at redhat.com>
 tools/virsh.c | 5 ++++-
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/tools/virsh.c b/tools/virsh.c
index 90f8125..1f5c2b1 100644
--- a/tools/virsh.c
+++ b/tools/virsh.c
@@ -145,6 +145,7 @@ virshConnect(vshControl *ctl, const char *uri, bool readonly)
     bool keepalive_forced = false;
     virPolkitAgentPtr pkagent = NULL;
     int authfail = 0;
+    bool agentCreated = false;
     if (ctl->keepalive_interval >= 0) {
         interval = ctl->keepalive_interval;
@@ -166,10 +167,12 @@ virshConnect(vshControl *ctl, const char *uri, bool readonly)
             goto cleanup;
         err = virGetLastError();
-        if (err && err->domain == VIR_FROM_POLKIT &&
+        if (!agentCreated &&
+            err && err->domain == VIR_FROM_POLKIT &&
             err->code == VIR_ERR_AUTH_UNAVAILABLE) {
             if (!pkagent && !(pkagent = virPolkitAgentCreate()))
                 goto cleanup;
+            agentCreated = true;
         } else if (err && err->domain == VIR_FROM_POLKIT &&
                    err->code == VIR_ERR_AUTH_FAILED) {

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