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  3. container_config_parser.h
  5. container_options.h
  6. oci_config.h
  8. run_oci.gyp
  11. run_oci_utils.h



run_oci is a minimalistic container runtime that is (mostly) compatible with the OCI runtime spec.

Chrome OS extensions

The OCI runtime spec allows implementations to add additional properties for extensibility.

Chrome OS adds the following extensions:

Pre-chroot hooks

There are some bind-mounts that cannot be specified in the config file, since the source paths for them are not fixed (e.g. the user's cryptohome path), or can be enabled dynamically at runtime depending on Chrome Variations.

During the container setup in Chrome OS, there is a small window of time when the container's mount namespace is completely set up, but chroot(2) has not been yet called, so bind mounts that cross the chroot boundary can still be performed.

The hooks object has been extended to also contain the following:

  • prechroot: (array of objects, OPTIONAL) - is an array of pre-chroot hooks. Entries in the array have the same schema as pre-start entries, and are run in the outer namespace after all the entries in mounts have been mounted, but before chroot(2) has been invoked.

Example (Chrome OS)

    "hooks": {
        "prechroot": [
                "path": "/usr/sbin/arc-setup",
                "args": ["arc-setup", "--pre-chroot"]

Linux device node dynamic minor numbers

Device nodes that have well-known major/minor numbers are normally added to the devices array, whereas device nodes that have dynamic major/minor numbers are typically bind-mounted. Android running in Chrome OS needs to have device node files created in the container rather than bind-mounted, since Android expects the files to have different permissions and/or SELinux attributes.

The objects in the devices array has been extended to also contain the following:

  • dynamicMinor (boolean, OPTIONAL) - copies the minor number from the device node that is present in path outside the container. If dynamicMinor is set to true, the value of minor is ignored.

Example (Chrome OS)

    "linux": {
        "devices": [
                "path": "/dev/binder",
                "type": "c",
                "major": 10,
                "dynamicMinor": true,
                "fileMode": 438,
                "uid": 0,
                "gid": 0

Support for mounts in an intermediate mount namespace

Most mounts can be done in the container‘s mount namespace, especially if a user namespace is also used, since that gives the caller the CAP_SYS_ADMIN capability inside the container. However, the interaction between the mount and user namespaces carry other restrictions. For instance, changing most mount flags does not work at all: any mount that is created in the container’s namespace is completely invisible from the init namespace (so real root in the init mount+user namespace cannot modify it), and entering the mount namespace with setns(2) still does not allow root to perform a remount since the user namespace associated with the namespace to be entered does not match the outer namespace.

In order to overcome the above restriction, a new flag is added to objects in mounts, that will cause run_oci to create an intermediate mount namespace that has the init user namespace associated with it. This way, privileged operations that require being in the init user namespace can still be carried out, and the mounts don't leak to the init mount namespace.

The objects in the mounts array has been extended to also contain the following:

  • performInIntermediateNamespace (boolean, OPTIONAL) - creates an intermediate mount namespace in which the mounts are performed. This namespace is associated with the init user namespace, so privileged mounts that require having the CAP_SYS_ADMIN capability in the init user namespace (such as non-bind remounts) can still be performed. Defaults to false.

Example (Chrome OS)

    "mounts": [
            "destination": "/",
            "type": "bind",
            "source": "",
            "options": [
            "performInIntermediateNamespace": true