Questions about the ownership of /var/cache/libvirt/qemu
mprivozn at redhat.com
Mon Aug 23 07:57:14 UTC 2021
On 8/22/21 11:49 AM, Peng Liang wrote:
> Hi all,
> When we change the user for QEMU process (change "user" and "group" in
> /etc/libvirt/qemu.conf) to a normal user, we found that libvirtd will
> also change the ownership of /var/cache/libvirt/qemu but will keep the
> ownership of /var/cache/libvirt/qemu/capabilities as root.
> Is it secure to put files/directories owned by root in a directory
> owned by a normal user? Could the normal user replace the root's file
> with a new one?
No, the capabilities directory lacks write perms:
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 234 Aug 20 17:11
and caps files themselves are RW by root only:
-rw------- 1 root root 144215 Aug 20 15:38
Therefore, I don't think a regular user could spoof capabilities.
> Does it need to set sticky bit on
> /var/cache/libvirt/qemu or keep the ownership of /var/cache/libvirt/qemu
> as root?
No, setting sticky bit would make caps files owned by root:group and I
don't think we want that (even though, not even group can write caps files).
I hope this answers your concern.
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