We’re pleased to announce the release of Buildah version 1.2 which is now available from GitHub for any Linux distro. We are shipping this release on Fedora, RHEL 7, CentOS and Ubuntu in the near future.
The Buildah project has continued to grow over the past several weeks, welcoming several new contributors to the mix. The highlights of this release are the added ability to control image layers when building an image, CVE’s Fixes, the initial support for user namespace handling and several other enhancements and bug fixes.
A container is comprised of a final readable/writeable layer and when the layers are cached, a number of intermediate read only layers. The read only layers are created with each step in the Dockerfile and the final readable/writeable layer contains the intermediate layers. Prior to these changes Buildah did not cache these intermediate read only layers.
This release has a new environment variable ‘BUILDAH_LAYERS’ and a new ‘buildah bud’ –layers parameter. When either is set to true, the image layers are cached during the ‘buildah bud’ processing and not discarded. The disadvantage to retaining layers is the space that they use. The advantage to retaining them is if you make a change to your Dockerfile, only the layers for that change and the ones following it will need to be regenerated.
The –nocache parameter has also been added to the ‘buildah bud’ command. When this parameter is set to true the ‘buildah bud’ command ignores any existing layers and creates all of the image layers anew.
To isolate the container’s processes from running as root on the host machine, user namespaces are used by container technologies. This allows the administrator to configure the containers processes that must run as root to remap the user to a less privileged user on the container’s host machine. This remapping is handled in part by settings in the /etc/subuid and /etc/subgid files on the host machine.
The changes for this release does not yet provide full support for user namespaces, but does set up the options to control the mapping with the –userns-uid-map and –userns-gid-map options. Changes have also been made to prevent the container from modifying the /etc/host or /etc/resolv.conf files on the host.
Also with this release if a user with a uid that’s not equal to zero creates a container, a namespace is now created based on the users uid and gid and the container will be reexec’d using that namespace. In addition, the storage driver, storage root directory and storage state directory will all be created under alternate locations. Please reference the buildah (1) man page for more details. Further information will be published in upcoming blogs and additional changes are in progress to provide full support of user namespaces in future versions of Buildah.
The /proc/acpi and /proc/keys were added to the list of blocked kernel files. This prevents the container from manipulating these files on the container’s host.
If you haven’t yet, install Buildah from the Fedora repo or GitHub and give it a spin. We’re betting you’ll find it’s an easy and quick way to build containers in your environment without a daemon being involved!
For those of you who contributed to this release, thank you very much for your contributions! If you haven’t joined our community yet, don’t wait any longer! Come join us in GitHub, where Open Source communities live.