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Re: [Nbd] NBD TLS support in QEMU

Il 02/10/2014 13:05, Daniel P. Berrange ha scritto:
> On Wed, Oct 01, 2014 at 10:23:26PM +0200, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
>> Hi,
>> On Fri, Sep 05, 2014 at 03:26:09PM +0200, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
>>> Tunneling the entire protocol inside an SSL connection doesn't fix that;
>>> if an attacker is able to hijack your TCP connections and change flags,
>>> then this attacker is also able to hijack your TCP connection and
>>> redirect it to a decrypting/encrypting proxy.
>>> I agree that preventing a possible SSL downgrade attack (and other forms
>>> of MITM) should be high on the priority list, but "tunnel the whole
>>> thing in SSL" doesn't do that.
>> So, having given this some thought, I wanted to come up with a spec just
>> so that we had something we could all agree on. As part of that, I had a
>> look at qemu-nbd, and noticed that it uses the "oldstyle" handshake
>> protocol (on port 10809 by default -- ew, please don't do that).
>> I had to change the protocol incompatibly a few years back, because the
>> oldstyle protocol is broken by design; in the oldstyle negotiation
>> protocol, the server dumps all information it has on the export to the
>> client, and then moves on to the data negotiation phase, without waiting
>> for any reply from the client. This means the oldstyle protocol can't be
>> used for any sort of negotiation[1].
>> As such, I strongly suggest that qemu-nbd move to the newstyle protocol.
> Even if we added support for the newstyle protocol I don't see us being
> able to drop the oldstyle protocol. NBD is used during migration of block
> storage, and we need to be able to migrate from old QEMU to new QEMU and
> vica-verca, so can't just switch protocol in a new QEMU without retaining
> a way to use the old protocol.

For that you don't use qemu-nbd, we use the NBD server that is embedded
in the QEMU executable.  That one shares almost all the code with
qemu-nbd but, because we are exporting multiple disks over a single
port, ends up using the new-style protocol.

qemu-nbd uses the old-style protocol only because it has a single,
unnamed export.

QEMU's NBD client will use the old-style protocol if given URLs like
nbd://HOST:PORT/, and the new-style protocol for nbd://HOST:PORT/NAME.


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