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authorintrigeri <>2015-05-08 21:59:45 +0000
committerintrigeri <>2015-05-09 00:36:26 +0000
commitbc491c9e8a52696e352deb4064bddd9c1956b863 (patch)
treed6efabc52075b51d5d36c8a77aa1ac632aa083ef /config/chroot_local-patches
parenta6980b7c23ef8fc3a007cb24bec7b4efdb306ad7 (diff)
live-boot: don't mount tmpfs twice on /live/overlay.
With live-boot 3.0.1-1 in Tails 1.4~rc1, /live/overlay appears to be empty both with ls and df. It feels wrong, because that's where the read-write branch of our aufs mount lives, and there must be data in there. We actually have _two_ tmpfs mounted there, as live-boot mounts stuff twice on /live/overlay: - with `mount -t tmpfs tmpfs /live/overlay` (line 159 in ``) - with `mount -t tmpfs -o rw,noatime,mode=755 tmpfs /live/overlay` (same file, line 296) And then, shortly after, it tries to unmount one of those, leading to a `umount: can't umount /live/overlay: Device or resource busy` message one can see in `/var/log/live/boot.log`. My understanding is that the top-most mountpoint umount sees is the one used for the root aufs). Then, live-boot runs `mount -o move /live/overlay /root/lib/live/mount/overlay` _twice_, which is expected given live-boot does that for every mount (since commit d2b2a461 in live-boot Git). With all this in mind, my understanding is that the first tmpfs that was mounted is `mount -o move`'d last, so it hides the one that was mounted last, which is actually the one that's used as the read-write branch of the root filesystem's union mount. This raises two practical problems: 1. One cannot inspect how much space is used, at a given time, in the read-write branch of the root filesystem's union mount. Probably almost nobody cares, expect developers who want to analyze performance issues / resource consumption, and power users who want to check whether they have enough room left e.g. to download a large file. Admittedly, if this problem was the only one, I would not have bothered spending so much time in live-boot's source code to go through this analysis. Sadly, this is not the case: 2. As far as AppArmor policy is concerned, in theory the more files are hidden, the better. However: * if this (arguably buggy) live-boot behavior change under our feet in the future, then our AppArmor policy may suddenly be more open than we would like; therefore, it would be better to fix that bug ourselves now, so that we can analyze the consequences of exposing the read-write branch's content, _and_ adjust our AppArmor policy accordingly at the same time; * I'm not 100% sure how AppArmor policy applies to such stacked mounts: e.g. if some file was left open in an underlying mount, its file handle might be used by some application to access other files (that we might otherwise believe are not accessible). This kind of things is pretty hard for me to reason about (I lack the corresponding low-level system skills). So, better expose these files, and then we'll be able to actually *test* and confirm what's the real-world effect of potentially letting applications access them (mediated by DAC and MAC, of course), and again, adjust DAC permissions and AppArmor policy as needed. Now, about the actual change. Ideally we would "simply" invert the order of the `mount -o move' operations. However, the two mounts have the same mountpoint, and the only way we have to differentiate them is the options they were mounted with. Given another programming language, I would just do it, but with POSIX shell, oh well. So, this patch simply comments out the first command that mounts a tmpfs on /live/overlay. This is not applicable for upstream, because the large chunk of code that's before this command and the other tmpfs mount on /live/overlay needs such an active mount in use cases we don't care about, and even if it did not, then this could change in the future -- and anyway, there must be a good reason for mounting /live/overlay this early in the general case, right? :) But for us it's OK, because the only operations before these two mount commands are about persistence enabled at initramfs time, which we do not support and explicitly disable on the kernel command-line. Refs: #8007
Diffstat (limited to 'config/chroot_local-patches')
1 files changed, 13 insertions, 0 deletions
diff --git a/config/chroot_local-patches/live-boot:_dont_mount_live_overlay_twice.patch b/config/chroot_local-patches/live-boot:_dont_mount_live_overlay_twice.patch
new file mode 100644
index 0000000..88a9e12
--- /dev/null
+++ b/config/chroot_local-patches/live-boot:_dont_mount_live_overlay_twice.patch
@@ -0,0 +1,13 @@
+diff --git a/scripts/boot/ b/scripts/boot/
+index 098111c..e1cfd15 100755
+--- a/lib/live/boot/
++++ b/lib/live/boot/
+@@ -156,7 +156,7 @@ setup_unionfs ()
+ # tmpfs file systems
+ touch /etc/fstab
+ mkdir -p /live/overlay
+- mount -t tmpfs tmpfs /live/overlay
++ # mount -t tmpfs tmpfs /live/overlay
+ # Looking for persistence devices or files
+ if [ -n "${PERSISTENCE}" ] && [ -z "${NOPERSISTENCE}" ]