[libvirt-users] virDomainCoreDumpWithFormat files created as root

Mathew Moon mathew.moon at vipaar.com
Fri May 29 13:41:02 UTC 2015

Just a hunch but is the binary that creates the dump suid? You may want to check the perms on it. Not sure if it is libvirtd or some other binary.

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> On May 29, 2015, at 3:39 AM, NoxDaFox <noxdafox at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2015-05-28 12:04 GMT+03:00 Michal Privoznik <mprivozn at redhat.com>:
>> On 28.05.2015 09:29, NoxDaFox wrote:
>> > Greetings,
>> >
>> > I am dumping a guest VM memory for inspection using the command
>> > "virDomainCoreDumpWithFormat" and the created files appear to belong to
>> > root (both user and group).
>> >
>> > I have searched around but didn't find any answer. Is there a way to
>> > instruct QEMU to create those files under a different user?
>> >
>> The coredump should belong to the user:group that the domain in question
>> is running under. If (by default) your qemu processes run under
>> root:root so will the coredump.
> I changed default settings but it didn't work. I can see the qemu processes now belonging to my user but yet the core dump is root:root. I used to generate such file with plain QMP 'pmemsave' command and it was creating it under libvirt-qemu group which was a bit better. This new command is way more handy but if I can't sort this issue out I'll need to fallback to the previous one.
> I set in /etc/libvirt/qemu.conf the keys
> user = "myuser"
> group = "mygroup"
> dynamic_ownership = 1
> And restarted libvirtd.
>> Although, I'm wondering if we should not disregard this and make
>> coredump be always owned by root:root since a coredump may contain
>> sensitive info, e.g. all kinds of cipher keys. We do that with disk
>> images, so maybe we should reconsider our politics with coredumps.
>> Michal
> This would limit the API quite much. There are use cases in which the need is to dump the memory for inspection and forcing it to be root would cripple the design quite a lot. A policy and an expert SysAdmin is all you need in these cases.
> In my specific case I'm building a test automation system and I was forced to run everything as admin or spawn a separate process, with admin rights, which would reset the correct user:group at every core dump taken. Quite clumsy!
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