[libvirt] Problem configuring selective dropping of root

Daniel P. Berrangé berrange at redhat.com
Tue Jul 9 08:40:23 UTC 2019

On Mon, Jul 08, 2019 at 09:47:24PM +0200, Stephan von Krawczynski wrote:
> Hello list,
> I came across a fundamental flaw in the libvirt user configuration lately and
> try to find a solution now. Here is the problem:
> I run several qemu instances on arch linux all configured via libvirt. The
> default config as user nobody:kvm was fine up to the day I tried to use a host
> filesystem via 9p. If you want to gain all user rights on the guest inside
> that fs you have to run qemu as root. So far so good. But if you have several
> qemus running and only one needs to be root, what to do? You can try to give a
> -runas by using <qemu:args>. But that does not work, qemu instantly crashes. I
> think this is because to have _one_ root qemu, you have to configure libvirt
> to use root user. This means all rights to fs and so on are set to root and
> this is what lets qemu probably go crazy if dropping root by -runas.
> The whole thing would be a lot easier and more transparent if the user in
> libvirt wouldn't be a global config, but instead be part of the domain xml.
> This way every qemu started could use a different user and have different
> rights.
> In my case all but one could be nobody:kvm, and one root:root.
> This should not be to complicated based on whats already there, is it?

Libvirt needs to know about the user/group QEMU is running at in order to
ensure it gets given access to the various files it needs to use. If you
look at the XML of the running guest you should see a <seclabel> describing
the user/group it is running as currently.

If no <seclabel> is in the offline config, libvirt adds the default
seclabel, but if you want a different user/group, you can add the
<seclabel> yourself.

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