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[kubic-bugs] [Bug 1069906] Race: systemd remounts filesystems while apparmor loads profiles
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  • Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:33:42 +0000
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--- Comment #3 from Thorsten Kukuk <kukuk@xxxxxxxx> ---
(In reply to Christian Boltz from comment #2)

There are more interesting things: apparmor.service has
After=var.mount var-lib.mount
so I'd expect it to start late enough.
(Note that apparmor.service should start as early as possible - the profiles
have to be loaded before the programs they confine start.)

/var and /var/lib are no mount points and such this statement is
in this case ignored by systemd. This does not mean you should remove them,
with the cleanup of /var this will become important, only that this is not

The current design works with a default read-write filesystem like openSUSE
Tumbleweed, Leap and SLE have. If you have a read-only root filesystem like
MicroOS/CaaSP/Kubic or any Live-DVD, this does not work.

I see two solutions:
Add a statement, that systemd should only run the service if /var/lib/apparmor
is writeable (but this is racy, as systemd could still remount it later) or add
var-lib/apparmor.mount to the After line. This should allow systemd to run
apparmor as early as possible, but not before we have a read-write filesystem.
If you want to have apparmor loading the policies as early as possible:
- Load them without creating a cache immeaditly at boot.
- Create a service which will create the cache later in the boot process.

I don't know what these messages mean exactly, but (assuming/guessing that
they refer to an overlay mount for /var/lib/) they could be a part of the

This means systemd is trying to unmount overlayfs, while it has already open
files. Stupid idea from systemd.

I never tried Kubic or Caas, therefore I can only guess what happens, and
hope that the above hints help you to understand the problem. If you have an
idea how to handle this (ideally without delaying loading the profiles),
please tell me ;-)

As written above: it is a generic problem, Kubic and CaaSP only triggers them,
as every Live-DVD or similar did.
I think we need to fix the dependencies of the apparmor service, and maybe
split it even in two parts.

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