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Re: [Xen-devel] severe security issue on dom0/xend/xm/non-root users

On Sun, 6 Mar 2005, Tommi Virtanen wrote:
> Rik van Riel wrote:
> > Note that I do not believe that xend access should be root
> > only, people may want to run management software under another
> > UID.  As long as domain 0 doesn't get any untrusted users,
> > things should be fine.
> That's not good design. I sincerely think access to any confidential
> or security conscious part of xen should be limited, e.g. with a
> unix domain socket located in a directory only readable by a certain
> group.

Good point, then we could use filesystem permissions
and/or selinux policy to restrict who gets access to

> Note that if there are harmless xm commands (xm list and so on), they
> could be allowed for all users in dom0.

This would require either access permission checks inside
xend, or a separate socket for only unprivileged operations.

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