[Gluster-users] Restrict root clients / experimental patch

Soumya Koduri skoduri at redhat.com
Fri Sep 22 08:37:12 UTC 2017


On 09/21/2017 07:32 PM, Pierre C wrote:
> Hi All,
> I would like to use glusterfs in an environment where storage servers 
> are managed by an IT service - myself :) - and several users in the 
> organization can mount the distributed fs. The users are root on their 
> machines.
> As far as I know about glusterfs, a root client user may impersonate any 
> uid/gid since it provides its uid/gid itself when it talks to the bricks 
> (like nfsv3).
> The thing is, we want to enforce permissions, i.e. user X may only 
> access files shared with him even if he's root on his machine.
> I found a draft spec about glusterfs+kerberos 
> <https://github.com/gluster/glusterfs-specs/blob/master/under_review/Kerberos.md> 
> but not much more so I think it's not possible with glusterfs right now, 
> correct?
> (Also I feel that kerberos would be a bit heavy to manage)

I am not much familiar with how ssl is handled. But from what I 
understand from your statement above, you need to restrict root users. 
Isn't root-squash option enough for it?

Option: server.root-squash
Default Value: off
Description: Map requests from uid/gid 0 to the anonymous uid/gid. Note 
that this does not apply to any other uids or gids that might be equally 
sensitive, such as user bin or group staff.

Option: server.anonuid
Default Value: 65534
Description: value of the uid used for the anonymous user/nfsnobody when 
root-squash is enabled.

Option: server.anongid
Default Value: 65534
Description: value of the gid used for the anonymous user/nfsnobody when 
root-squash is enabled.


> ---
> An simple hack that I found is to add custom uid/gid fields in clients' 
> ssl certificates. The bricks use the client's uid/gid specified in its 
> certificate rather than using one specified by the user. This solution 
> has no effect on performance and there's no need for a central 
> authentication.
> The thing that changes is the way client certificates are generated and 
> glusterfsd needs a small patch.
> I did an experimental implementation 
> <https://github.com/eshard/glusterfs/commit/768bf63154fdc59ba67d5788743adab8679ec5ab> 
> of this idea. Custom fields "" and "" are used 
> for uid and gid.
> I tried it with custom CA trusted by all bricks and I issued a few 
> client certificates.
> No server configuration is needed when a new client is added, when a 
> client is revoked the a CRL 
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Certificate_revocation_list> must updated 
> and pushed to all servers.
> By the way I didn't get glusterfs servers to accept my CRLs, do some 
> people use it?
> Notes:
>   * groups are not handled right now and since users may change groups 
> regularly I don't think it would be a great idea to freeze them in a 
> certificate. The bricks could possibly do an ldap lookup in order to 
> retrieve and cache the groups for an uid.
>   * Clients obviously can't modify their certificates because they are 
> signed by CA
> What do you think of this implementation, is it safe?
> Do all client operationsuse auth_glusterfs_v2_authenticate or did I miss 
> other codepaths?
> Thanks!
> Pierre Carru
> eshard
> PS: By the way I found the source code very clean and well organized, 
> nice job :)
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