Jack Hill on 12 Jul 2012 08:32:22 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] SteadyState/DriveShield for Ubuntu?

On Thu, 12 Jul 2012 11:04:15 -0400
Rich Freeman <r-plug@thefreemanclan.net> wrote:

> On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM, Jack Hill <jackhill@jackhill.us>
> wrote:
> > I would look at putting the filesystem on LVM (I donât think Linux
> > btrfs or zfs support is there yet) and taking a snapshot when a user
> > logs in. All changes made during that session go to the snapshot
> > which can be thrown away when he or she logs out. Of course if you
> > need data to persist across sessions then you need to set up some
> > kind of persistent store.
> I don't think LVM lets you revert a snapshot.  That's the whole
> frustration with it.

But you donât need to. Suppose you have the LV home on VG vg0. When
a user logs in you

lvcreate -n home-temp -s home -L some-reasonable-size
mount /dev/vg0/home-temp /home

All the change the user makes get copy-on-written by disk block changed
to home-temp. When the user logs out simply

lvremove /dev/vg0/home-temp.

The tricky part is making sure a user canât prevent any parts of this
from running. A more robust solution might be to run user sessions in a
VM. The hypervisor/privileged operating system passes all input to the
user sessions vm, except for one key combination (say ctrl-alt-del).
When this combination is the currently running user session VM is
destroyed, an new snapshot of itâs disk is made, and it is booted.
With this method you can give users root access to their VM, while
still giving some level of guarantee to users that when they walk up to
the machine and press the magic keystroke they will have a pristine/not
tampered with system. C.E. Your hypervisor should be free of security


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