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RE: [Xen-users] Custom kernel

To: "'Stephen Yum'" <steveyum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: RE: [Xen-users] Custom kernel
From: "Steffen Heil" <lists@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2006 15:31:00 +0200
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> Me, I don't want to use a privileged kernel for my guests. 
> That's ludicrous. The potential security problems far 
> outweighs the convenience that method may provide.

Can someone with inside knowledgte to xen comment on this?

I don't believe there is a security problem. But I don't know the sources.
I think dom0 means, that there are things compiled in, which may be used for
management, but using these functions requires access to the hypervisor,
which I expect to be only granded to that domain that boots the system
(hence dom0).
So running a dom0-compiled kernel as domU will give a litte unnessesary
load, but NO security problem.

If the content of a kernel might change the privileges a domain has would
mean that any kernel (and as such kernel-mode module) running in a domU
might take control of the system. I don't beliebe that...


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