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Docker crashes when creating namespaces with UID in /etc/subuid and /etc/subgid #39353

daniyalj opened this issue Jun 11, 2019 · 4 comments · Fixed by #39764


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@daniyalj daniyalj commented Jun 11, 2019


Steps to reproduce the issue:

  1. Create subuid and subgid:

Here is what /etc/subuid and /etc/subgid look like:

$ cat /etc/subuid
$ cat /etc/subgid
  1. Create daemon.json:
# cat /etc/docker/daemon.json
    "icc": false,
    "live-restore": true,
    "no-new-privileges": true,
    "userland-proxy": false,
    "userns-remap": "610"
  1. Restart docker

Describe the results you received:

Run systemctl restart docker and docker will crash.

Run journalctl -xe to see the error:

Jun 11 12:19:22 dockerd[25538]: time="2019-06-11T12:19:22.583112066-04:00" level=info msg="User namespaces: ID ranges will be mapped to subuid/subgid ranges of: dev:dev
Jun 11 12:19:22 dockerd[25538]: Can't create ID mappings: No subuid ranges found for user "dev"

Describe the results you expected:

Docker restart doesnt crash

Additional information you deem important (e.g. issue happens only occasionally):

Here are my users

[root@mtldserint04 ~]# cat /etc/passwd | grep dev
dev:x:610:610:dev user:/home/dev:/bin/bash

Output of docker version:

docker version
 Version:           18.09.4
 API version:       1.39
 Go version:        go1.10.8
 Git commit:        d14af54266
 Built:             Wed Mar 27 18:34:51 2019
 OS/Arch:           linux/amd64
 Experimental:      false

Server: Docker Engine - Community
  Version:          18.09.4
  API version:      1.39 (minimum version 1.12)
  Go version:       go1.10.8
  Git commit:       d14af54
  Built:            Wed Mar 27 18:04:46 2019
  OS/Arch:          linux/amd64
  Experimental:     false```

Output of docker info:

docker info
Containers: 24
 Running: 0
 Paused: 0
 Stopped: 24
Images: 15
Server Version: 18.09.4
Storage Driver: overlay2
 Backing Filesystem: xfs
 Supports d_type: true
 Native Overlay Diff: true
Logging Driver: json-file
Cgroup Driver: cgroupfs
 Volume: local
 Network: bridge host macvlan null overlay
 Log: awslogs fluentd gcplogs gelf journald json-file local logentries splunk syslog
Swarm: inactive
Runtimes: runc
Default Runtime: runc
Init Binary: docker-init
containerd version: bb71b10fd8f58240ca47fbb579b9d1028eea7c84
runc version: 2b18fe1d885ee5083ef9f0838fee39b62d653e30
init version: fec3683
Security Options:
  Profile: default
Kernel Version: 3.10.0-957.5.1.el7.x86_64
Operating System: Red Hat Enterprise Linux
OSType: linux
Architecture: x86_64
CPUs: 4
Total Memory: 7.638GiB
Name: m04.***
ID: ***
Docker Root Dir: /var/lib/docker/123000.123000
Debug Mode (client): false
Debug Mode (server): false
Experimental: false
Insecure Registries:
Live Restore Enabled: true
Product License: Community Engine
WARNING: bridge-nf-call-ip6tables is disabled

Additional environment details (AWS, VirtualBox, physical, etc.):

On prem RHEL 7.6 virtual machine running on VMWare


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@thaJeztah thaJeztah commented Jun 11, 2019


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@estesp estesp commented Jun 11, 2019

Looking at the spec for the files, I do see that UID (versus username) is a valid entry in field 1. We were following the natural use of the tools from the shadow package, which always write the files with username:startID:rangeLen. I do see that the parsing routines in the shadow package source start by assuming username, but have a fallback to check for UID.

To fix this we'll have to allow for numeric ID in the parsing of /etc/sub[u,g]id files. A quick test would be to edit your files and replace 610 with dev and validate that the daemon can start properly and use the same mappings.


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@daniyalj daniyalj commented Jun 11, 2019

replacing 610 with dev username works perfectly fine


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@yongtang yongtang commented Aug 18, 2019

Created a PR #39764 for the fix.

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