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NAME

       plugin-runner - Run Mandos plugins, pass data from first to succeed.

SYNOPSIS

       plugin-runner [--global-env=ENV=value | -G ENV=value ...]
                     [--env-for=PLUGIN:ENV=value | -E PLUGIN:ENV=value ...]
                     [--global-options=OPTIONS | -g OPTIONS ...]
                     [--options-for=PLUGIN:OPTIONS | -o PLUGIN:OPTIONS ...]
                     [--disable=PLUGIN | -d PLUGIN ...]
                     [--enable=PLUGIN | -e PLUGIN ...]
                     [--groupid=ID]
                     [--userid=ID]
                     [--plugin-dir=DIRECTORY]
                     [--config-file=FILE]
                     [--debug]

       plugin-runner {--help | -?}

       plugin-runner --usage

       plugin-runner {--version | -V}

DESCRIPTION

       plugin-runner is a program which is meant to be specified as a “keyscript” for the root
       disk in crypttab(5). The aim of this program is therefore to output a password, which then
       cryptsetup(8) will use to unlock the root disk.

       This program is not meant to be invoked directly, but can be in order to test it. Note
       that any password obtained will simply be output on standard output.

PURPOSE

       The purpose of this is to enable remote and unattended rebooting of client host computer
       with an encrypted root file system. See the section called “OVERVIEW” for details.

OPTIONS

       --global-env ENV=value, -G ENV=value
           This option will add an environment variable setting to all plugins. This will
           override any inherited environment variable.

       --env-for PLUGIN:ENV=value, -E PLUGIN:ENV=value
           This option will add an environment variable setting to the PLUGIN plugin. This will
           override any inherited environment variables or environment variables specified using
           --global-env.

       --global-options OPTIONS, -g OPTIONS
           Pass some options to all plugins.  OPTIONS is a comma separated list of options. This
           is not a very useful option, except for specifying the “--debug” option to all
           plugins.

       --options-for PLUGIN:OPTION, -o PLUGIN:OPTION
           Pass some options to a specific plugin.  PLUGIN is the name (file basename) of a
           plugin, and OPTIONS is a comma separated list of options.

           Note that since options are not split on whitespace, the way to pass, to the plugin
           “foo”, the option --bar with the option argument “baz” is either
           --options-for=foo:--bar=baz or --options-for=foo:--bar,baz. Using
           --options-for="foo:--bar baz". will not work.

       --disable PLUGIN, -d PLUGIN
           Disable the plugin named PLUGIN. The plugin will not be started.

       --enable PLUGIN, -e PLUGIN
           Re-enable the plugin named PLUGIN. This is only useful to undo a previous --disable
           option, maybe from the configuration file.

       --groupid ID
           Change to group ID ID on startup. The default is 65534. All plugins will be started
           using this group ID.  Note: This must be a number, not a name.

       --userid ID
           Change to user ID ID on startup. The default is 65534. All plugins will be started
           using this user ID.  Note: This must be a number, not a name.

       --plugin-dir DIRECTORY
           Specify a different plugin directory. The default is /lib/mandos/plugins.d, which will
           exist in the initial RAM disk environment.

       --config-file FILE
           Specify a different file to read additional options from. See the section called
           “FILES”. Other command line options will override options specified in the file.

       --debug
           Enable debug mode. This will enable a lot of output to standard error about what the
           program is doing. The program will still perform all other functions normally. The
           default is to not run in debug mode.

           The plugins will not be affected by this option. Use --global-options=--debug if
           complete debugging eruption is desired.

       --help, -?
           Gives a help message about options and their meanings.

       --usage
           Gives a short usage message.

       --version, -V
           Prints the program version.

OVERVIEW

       This is part of the Mandos system for allowing computers to have encrypted root file
       systems and at the same time be capable of remote and/or unattended reboots. The computers
       run a small client program in the initial RAM disk environment which will communicate with
       a server over a network. All network communication is encrypted using TLS. The clients are
       identified by the server using an OpenPGP key; each client has one unique to it. The
       server sends the clients an encrypted password. The encrypted password is decrypted by the
       clients using the same OpenPGP key, and the password is then used to unlock the root file
       system, whereupon the computers can continue booting normally.

       This program will run on the client side in the initial RAM disk environment, and is
       responsible for getting a password. It does this by running plugins, one of which will
       normally be the actual client program communicating with the server.

PLUGINS

       This program will get a password by running a number of plugins, which are simply
       executable programs in a directory in the initial RAM disk environment. The default
       directory is /lib/mandos/plugins.d, but this can be changed with the --plugin-dir option.
       The plugins are started in parallel, and the first plugin to output a password and exit
       with a successful exit code will make this plugin-runner output the password from that
       plugin, stop any other plugins, and exit.

   WRITING PLUGINS
       A plugin is simply a program which prints a password to its standard output and then exits
       with a successful (zero) exit status. If the exit status is not zero, any output on
       standard output will be ignored by the plugin runner. Any output on its standard error
       channel will simply be passed to the standard error of the plugin runner, usually the
       system console.

       If the password is a single-line, manually entered passprase, a final trailing newline
       character should not be printed.

       The plugin will run in the initial RAM disk environment, so care must be taken not to
       depend on any files or running services not available there.

       The plugin must exit cleanly and free all allocated resources upon getting the TERM
       signal, since this is what the plugin runner uses to stop all other plugins when one
       plugin has output a password and exited cleanly.

       The plugin must not use resources, like for instance reading from the standard input,
       without knowing that no other plugin is also using it.

       It is useful, but not required, for the plugin to take the --debug option.

FALLBACK

       If no plugins succeed, this program will, as a fallback, ask for a password on the console
       using getpass(3), and output it. This is not meant to be the normal mode of operation, as
       there is a separate plugin for getting a password from the console.

EXIT STATUS

       Exit status of this program is zero if no errors were encountered, and otherwise not. The
       fallback (see the section called “FALLBACK”) may or may not have succeeded in either case.

ENVIRONMENT

       This program does not use any environment variables itself, it only passes on its
       environment to all the plugins. The environment passed to plugins can be modified using
       the --global-env and --env-for options.

FILES

       /conf/conf.d/mandos/plugin-runner.conf
           Since this program will be run as a keyscript, there is little to no opportunity to
           pass command line arguments to it. Therefore, it will also read this file and use its
           contents as whitespace-separated command line options. Also, everything from a “#”
           character to the end of a line is ignored.

           This program is meant to run in the initial RAM disk environment, so that is where
           this file is assumed to exist. The file does not need to exist in the normal file
           system.

           This file will be processed before the normal command line options, so the latter can
           override the former, if need be.

           This file name is the default; the file to read for arguments can be changed using the
           --config-file option.

BUGS

       The --config-file option is ignored when specified from within a configuration file.

EXAMPLE

       Normal invocation needs no options:

       plugin-runner

       Run the program, but not the plugins, in debug mode:

       plugin-runner --debug

       Run all plugins, but run the “foo” plugin in debug mode:

       plugin-runner --options-for=foo:--debug

       Run all plugins, but not the program, in debug mode:

       plugin-runner --global-options=--debug

       Run plugins from a different directory, read a different configuration file, and add two
       options to the mandos-client(8mandos) plugin:

       cd /etc/keys/mandos; plugin-runner --config-file=/etc/mandos/plugin-runner.conf
       --plugin-dir /usr/lib/mandos/plugins.d
       --options-for=mandos-client:--pubkey=pubkey.txt,--seckey=seckey.txt

SECURITY

       This program will, when starting, try to switch to another user. If it is started as root,
       it will succeed, and will by default switch to user and group 65534, which are assumed to
       be non-privileged. This user and group is then what all plugins will be started as.
       Therefore, the only way to run a plugin as a privileged user is to have the set-user-ID or
       set-group-ID bit set on the plugin executable file (see execve(2)).

       If this program is used as a keyscript in crypttab(5), there is a slight risk that if this
       program fails to work, there might be no way to boot the system except for booting from
       another media and editing the initial RAM disk image to not run this program. This is,
       however, unlikely, since the password-prompt(8mandos) plugin will read a password from the
       console in case of failure of the other plugins, and this plugin runner will also, in case
       of catastrophic failure, itself fall back to asking and outputting a password on the
       console (see the section called “FALLBACK”).

SEE ALSO

       intro(8mandos), cryptsetup(8), crypttab(5), execve(2), mandos(8), password-
       prompt(8mandos), mandos-client(8mandos)

COPYRIGHT

       Copyright © 2008-2009, 2011 Teddy Hogeborn, Björn Påhlsson

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