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Getting started with SAPI

Build Dependencies

To build and run code with SAPI, the following dependencies must be installed on the system:

  • To compile your code: GCC 6 (version 7 or higher preferred) or Clang 7 (or higher)
  • For auto-generating header files: Clang Python Bindings
  • Bazel version 0.23.0
  • Python 2.7 with type annotations
  • Linux userspace API headers
  • Linux kernel with support for UTS, IPC, user, PID and network namespaces

Please refer to the Bazel documentation for information on how to change the default compiler toolchain.

Debian 10 "Buster"

Build dependencies:

echo "deb stable jdk1.8" | \
  sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/bazel.list
wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get install -qy python-typing python-clang-7 libclang-7-dev
sudo apt-get install -qy build-essential linux-libc-dev bazel


Kernel options required:

General setup  --->
 -*- Namespaces support
  [*]   UTS namespace
  [*]   IPC namespace
  [*]   User namespace (EXPERIMENTAL)
  [*]   PID Namespaces
  [*]   Network namespace

Build dependencies:

emerge dev-util/bazel dev-python/typing dev-python/clang-python


Under Examples you can find a few libraries, previously prepared by the SAPI team.

Development Process

You will have to prepare two parts of your a sandbox library project. The sandboxed library part (SAPI library), and the host code which will make use of functionality exposed by your sandboxed library.

SAPI Library

The SAPI library is a sandboxed process, which exposes required functionality to the host code.

In order to create it, you'll need your C/C++ library, for example another open source project on GitHub. You will also have to create some supporting code (part of it will be automatically generated). This code will describe which functionality exactly you would like to contain (which library functions), and the sandbox policies you would like your library to run under.

All those steps are described in details under Library.

Host Code

The host code is making use of functions exported by your SAPI Library.

It makes calls to sandboxed functions, receives results, and can access memory of a SAPI library in order to make copies of remote variables and memory blocks (arrays, structures, protocol buffers, etc.). Those memory blocks can then be accessed by the local process.

The host code can also copy contents of local memory to the remote process if needed.

Read about writing host code here.

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