The Forkpty Router¶
Dealing with containers is now a common deployment pattern. One of the most annoying tasks when dealing with jails/namespaces is ‘attaching’ to already running instances.
The forkpty router aims at simplifyng the process giving a pseudoterminal server to your uWSGI instances.
A client connect to the socket exposed by the forkpty router and get a new pseudoterminal connected to a process (generally a shell, but can be whatever you want)
uwsgi mode VS raw mode¶
Clients connecting to the forkpty router can use two protocols for data exchange: uwsgi and raw mode.
The raw mode simply maps the socket to the pty, for such a reason you will not be able to resize your terminal or send specific signals. The advantage of this mode is in performance: no overhead for each char.
The overhead of the uwsgi protocol (worst case) is 5 bytes for each stdin event (single char)
Running the forkpty router¶
The plugin is not builtin by default, so you have to compile it:
uwsgi --build-plugin plugins/forkptyrouter
or, using the old plugin build system:
python uwsgiconfig.py --plugin plugins/forkptyrouter
generally compiling the pty plugin is required too (for client access)
uwsgi --build-plugin plugins/pty
or again, using the old build system:
python uwsgiconfig.py --plugin plugins/pty
Alternatively, you can build all in one shot with:
Now you can run the forkptyrouter as a standard gateway (we use UNIX socket as we want a communication channel with jails, and we unshare the uts namespace to give a new hostname)
[uwsgi] master = true unshare = uts exec-as-root = hostname iaminajail uid = kratos gid = kratos forkpty-router = /tmp/fpty.socket
and connect with the pty client:
uwsgi --pty-connect /tmp/fpty.socket
now you have a shell (/bin/sh by default) in the uWSGI instance. Running
hostname will give you ‘iaminajail’
Eventually you can avoid using uWSGI to attacj to the pty and instead you can rely on this simple python script:
import socket import sys import os import select import copy from termios import * import atexit s = socket.socket(socket.AF_UNIX, socket.SOCK_STREAM) s.connect(sys.argv) tcattr = tcgetattr(0) orig_tcattr = copy.copy(tcattr) atexit.register(tcsetattr, 0, TCSANOW, orig_tcattr) tcattr |= IGNPAR tcattr &= ~(ISTRIP | IMAXBEL | BRKINT | INLCR | IGNCR | ICRNL | IXON | IXANY | IXOFF); tcattr &= ~IUCLC; tcattr &= ~(ICANON | ECHO | ECHOE | ECHOK | ECHONL); tcattr &= ~IEXTEN; tcattr &= ~OPOST; tcattr[VMIN] = 1; tcattr[VTIME] = 0; tcsetattr(0, TCSANOW, tcattr); while True: (rl, wl, xl) = select.select([0, s], , ) if s in rl: buf = s.recv(4096) if not buf: break os.write(1, buf) if 0 in rl: buf = os.read(0, 4096) if not buf: break s.send(buf)
The previous example uses raw mode, if you resize the client terminal you will se no updates.
To use the ‘uwsgi’ mode add a ‘u’:
[uwsgi] master = true unshare = uts exec-as-root = hostname iaminajail uid = kratos gid = kratos forkpty-urouter = /tmp/fpty.socket
uwsgi --pty-uconnect /tmp/fpty.socket
a single instance can expose both protocols on different sockets
[uwsgi] master = true unshare = uts exec-as-root = hostname iaminajail uid = kratos gid = kratos forkpty-router = /tmp/raw.socket forkpty-urouter = /tmp/uwsgi.socket
Changing the default command¶
By default the forkpty router run /bin/sh on new connections.
You can change the command using the –forkptyrouter-command
[uwsgi] master = true unshare = uts exec-as-root = hostname iaminajail uid = kratos gid = kratos forkpty-router = /tmp/raw.socket forkpty-urouter = /tmp/uwsgi.socket forkptyrouter-command= /bin/zsh