Re: [RFC] memcg v1: provide read access to memory.pressure_level

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Hi Michal,

On 24/03/2023 15:03, Michal Koutný wrote:
On Wed, Mar 22, 2023 at 02:25:25PM +0000, Florian Schmidt <flosch@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
cgroups v1 has a unique way of setting up memory pressure notifications:
There are several ways around this issue, but adding a dummy read
handler seems like the least invasive to me. I'd be interested to hear:
(a) do you think there is a less invasive way? Alternatively, we could
     add a flag in cftype in include/linux/cgroup-defs.h, but that seems
     more invasive for what is a legacy interface.

You can (as privileged user) modify file perms in userspace first (e.g.
chmod o+r memory.pressure_level) and then it can used by non-privileged
users. (Or do LSM prevent you from that too?)

That's true, we can work around this in userspace (though it means you need to give the process additional permissions, to change file permissions on top of just reading and writing).

Though considering that the memcg_write_event_control() explicitly checks whether the caller has read permissions on pressure_level, it felt sensible to me that the file would be created with read permissions in the first place, just like all the other files are created with permissions that are suitable for their immediate use without having to manually change permissions. The current implementation feels inconsistent in that way.

(b) would you be interested to take this patch, or is it too niche a fix
     for a legacy subsystem?

I'd rather not extend this "unique way" with additionally unique dummy

I understand that this is all code that has no modern user any more, which is why I tried to keep the fix as self-contained as possible. Another option would be to have a special handler in cgroup_file_mode(), but that feels a lot klunkier to me, and leaks a v1-specific behaviour into the shared cgroup code.


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