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Re: [Qemu-block] [PATCH] pr-manager-helper: fix pr process been killed w

From: Paolo Bonzini
Subject: Re: [Qemu-block] [PATCH] pr-manager-helper: fix pr process been killed when reconectting
Date: Wed, 29 May 2019 11:34:07 +0200
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On 29/05/19 09:33, Michal Privoznik wrote:
> On 5/28/19 7:45 PM, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
>> On 28/05/19 15:06, Jie Wang wrote:
>>> if pr-helper been killed and qemu send disconnect event to libvirt
>>> and libvirt started a new pr-helper process, the new pr-heleper
>>> been killed again when qemu is connectting to the new pr-helper,
>>> qemu will never send disconnect to libvirt, and libvirt will never
>>> receive connected event.
>> I think this would let a guest "spam" events just by sending a lot PR
>> commands.  Also, as you said, in this case QEMU has never sent a
>> "connected" event, so I'm not sure why it should send a disconnection
>> event.
> So pr manager is initialized on the first PR command and not when qemu
> is starting?

It is initialized when QEMU is started, but if it dies, that's not
detected until the first PR command.  The command is retried for 5
seconds, which should give libvirt ample time to restart the PR manager
(and it's an exceptional situation anyway).

> If a user inside the guest could somehow kill pr-helper process in the
> host then yes, they could spam libvirt/qemu. But if a user from inside a
> guest can kill a process in the host that is much bigger problem than
> spaming libvirt.

This is true.

>> Does libvirt monitor at all the pr-helper to check if it dies?  Or does
>> it rely exclusively on QEMU's events?
> Libvirt relies solely on QEMU's events. Just like with qemu process
> itself, libvirt can't rely on SIGCHILD because the daemon might be
> restarted which would reparent all qemu and pr-helper processes
> rendering libvirt wait for SIGCHILD useless.
> But there is an exception to this: when libvirt is spawning pr-helper it
> does so by following these steps:
> 1) Try to acquire (lock) pidfile
> 2) unlink(socket)
> 3) spawn pr-helper process (this yields child's PID)
> 4) wait some time until socket is created
> 5) some follow up work (move child's PID into same cgroup as qemu's main
> thread, relabel the socket so that qemu can access it)
> If any of these steps fails then child is killed. However, the PID is
> not recorded anywhere and thus is forgotten once control jumps out of
> the function.

Note that qemu-pr-helper supports the systemd socket activation
protocol.  Would it help if libvirt used it?


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