SSH - Jailing with Alpine Linux (native)

June 23, 2020 17:46

This has been reworked in here

Basic idea

  • Use a seperate VM for this - jails are under /jails/
  • Every user which sould be jailed into his folder /jails/[USERNAME] is in group sshjailed
  • sshd is configured to use multiple ports and activate jailing if required ↑
  • Every jail has its own binaries and libs
  • External folders are mounted by fstab with e.g. cifs

Setup sshd for the new user

sudo nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Port 22
Port 1234
Subsystem   sftp    internal-sftp


Match group sshjailed
    # Forces the user into /jails/[USERNAME]/home/[USERNAME]
    ChrootDirectory /jails/%u
    AllowTcpForwarding no
    X11Forwarding no

Prepare global jail

sudo mkdir /jails
sudo chown root: /jails
sudo chmod 750 /jails

Create the individual jail-cell with the user

For simpler use…

…let us define a variable for the user here: export CHROOT_USER_NAME=[USERNAME]

Add the user

sudo adduser --no-create-home $CHROOT_USER_NAME
sudo adduser $CHROOT_USER_NAME sshjailed

Create his root

For more hints about the used chroot env see here!

sudo mkdir /jails/$CHROOT_USER_NAME
sudo chown root: /jails/$CHROOT_USER_NAME
sudo chmod 755 /jails/$CHROOT_USER_NAME

Now download the latest alpine linux installer (apk-tools-static) from here and extract it with tar -xzf apk-tools-static-*.apk

sudo ./sbin/apk.static -X -U --allow-untrusted --root /jails/$CHROOT_USER_NAME --initdb add alpine-base bash openssh git nano iputils doxygen graphviz
sudo mkdir /jails/$CHROOT_USER_NAME/home/$CHROOT_USER_NAME
echo $(getent passwd $CHROOT_USER_NAME) | sudo tee -a /jails/$CHROOT_USER_NAME/etc/passwd
sudo usermod --shell /usr/sbin/nologin $CHROOT_USER_NAME
sudo ln -s ../../bin/bash /jails/$CHROOT_USER_NAME/usr/sbin/nologin

Enable networking inside the chroot env

  1. Add a barebone to allow bind mounting sudo touch /jails/$CHROOT_USER_NAME/etc/resolv.conf
  2. Add a mount to /etc/fstab:
    /etc/resolv.conf    /jails/[USERNAME]/etc/resolv.conf   none    ro,bind 0   0

Insert a moint point(s)

  1. sudo mkdir -p /jails/$CHROOT_USER_NAME/mnt/[MOUNT_POINT]
  2. Add the mount to /etc/fstab
    • Native version
      [SOURCE_PATH]    /jails/[USERNAME]/mnt/[MOUNT_POINT] none    bind    0   0
    • (requires bindfs)
      [SOURCE_PATH]    /jails/[USERNAME]/mnt/[MOUNT_POINT] fuse.bindfs   force-user=[USERNAME],force-group=[USERNAME or e.g. www-data],create-for-user=[USERNAME],create-for-group=[USERNAME or e.g. www-data],perms=770,create-with-perms=770,chmod-filter=770,chown-ignore,chgrp-ignore,resolve-symlinks,resolved-symlink-deletion=symlink-only,hide-hard-links    0  0

      Note that git seems to have a problem with the force-* and create-for-* options. They will cause git submodule update or git init to fail with an Operation not permitted!

    • or use you own cifs / sshfs / … magic!