Sep 9 – 11, 2019
Europe/Lisbon timezone

Do we need CAP_BPF_ADMIN?

Sep 11, 2019, 4:07 PM
Esmerelda/room-I&II (Corinthia Hotel Lisbon)


Corinthia Hotel Lisbon



Song Liu


Currently, most BPF functionality requires CAP_SYS_ADMIN or CAP_NET_ADMIN. However, in many cases, CAP_SYS_ADMIN/CAP_NET_ADMIN gives the user more than enough permissions. For example, tracing users need to load BPF programs and access BPF maps, so they need CAP_SYS_ADMIN. However, they don't need to modify the system, so CAP_SYS_ADMIN adds significant risk.

To better control BPF functionality, this is time to think about CAP_BPF_ADMIN (or even multiple CAP_BPF_*s). In this BPF MC, we would like to discuss whether we need CAP_BPF_ADMIN, and what CAP_BPF_ADMIN would look like. We will present survey of major BPF use cases, and identify use cases that may benefit from a new CAP. Then, we will discuss which syscalls/commands should be gated by the new CAP. We expect constructive discussions between the BPF folks and security folks.

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