Comment 0 for bug 1034125

Serge Hallyn (serge-hallyn) wrote :

Loading a kexec kernel is guarded by CAP_SYS_BOOT, which we allow a container to have.

A container can't do 'kexec -e' to actually execute the new kernel, because that requires a call to reboot which is refused. However, it can do kexec -l do load a kernel for the next kexec -e. This means that it could race with an admin on the host doing 'kexec -l; kexec -e'. Exact command line used in the container:

sudo kexec -l /boot/vmlinuz-3.5.0-5-generic --append=root=LABEL=cloudimg-rootfs --initrd=/boot/initrd.img-3.5.0-5-generic

Before this, kexec -e on the host gives:

Nothing has been loaded!

After this, it loads the new kernel.

There is a patch on lkml to prevent a task in non-init pid namespace (i.e. a container) from loading kexec kernels: Please apply to precise and quantal.

After quantal, user namespaces will provide an alternative fix.