[pulseaudio-discuss] [PATCH 0/5] Add access control to protocol-native

Ahmed S. Darwish darwish.07 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 24 00:30:36 UTC 2016


Apologies for resurrecting this year-old thread. [*] Hopefully we
can finish this, with Flatpak integration as an access-control
module, before v10.0 ;-) [1] [2] [3]

Some questions below..

On 2015-07-17 13:02, David Henningsson wrote:
> On 2015-04-07 17:13, Wim Taymans wrote:
> > This is a new patch series that preplaces the previous patches regarding
> > access control.
> >
> >
> > There is an example access control module that shows how one could implement
> > client specific access control checks.
> >
> A few design thoughts that I think we need to resolve first before 
> reviewing details:
> 1. Coupling between core and native-protocol. Right now the hooks are in 
> core, and mapped 1-to-1 (or? are there exceptions?) to PA_COMMAND_*.
> Other options would be:
>   - Just have a "pa_hook access[PA_COMMAND_MAX]" in pa_core instead? 
> Then we could skip the long list of PA_ACCESS_HOOK_ constants. However, 
> the increased dependency between the native protocol and the pa_core 
> object might be undesirable.
>   - On the other side, we could have the "pa_hook 
> access[PA_COMMAND_MAX]" in pa_native_protocol instead. However, native 
> protocol instances could - at least in theory - come and go, so they 
> probably need stored somewhere more reachable anyhow...
> To sum up, I feel that since the hooks are specific to the native 
> protocol, they should be put closer to that protocol, but I can't point 
> to a better place to put it.

After looking at this, isn't protocol-native a right place for
the hooks? We're only protecting the protocol-native commands

There's also a precedent in having hooks in pa_protocol_native.
Namely at protocol-native.c:

   struct pa_native_protocol {
       pa_core *core;
       pa_hook hooks[PA_NATIVE_HOOK_MAX];  // <-- here

   pa_hook *pa_native_protocol_hooks(pa_native_protocol *p) {
       return p->hooks;

And modules can get access to the hooks directly using the
pa_native_protocol_hooks() accessor above. This is how it's done
in module  device-manager, module device-restore, and module
stream-restore, etc.

Anything blocking us from doing the same for the access control
hooks? This would indeed save us from the 1-to-1 mapping table.

_ at diwic_: You mention that native protocol instances could at
least in theory come and go. But if that happened, what would be
the dangers of freeing the hooks along with protocol-native and
be done with it? In a sense, the access-control hooks themselves
won't make any sense without protocol-native anyway?


[*] Full thread originally archived at http://goo.gl/8h7876

[1] Simple kernel based mechanism to know if a client is inside
    a Flatpak, from a PID which we can get through the unix
    socket credentials passing, is here: https://goo.gl/OCfmBW

[2] Initial repo here

[3] Wim Tay was kind enough to welcome building on top of this
    patchset! Thanks a lot Wim :-)


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