Google Summer of Code Ideas

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This page contains project ideas for upcoming Google Summer of Code.

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 * Skill level: beginner or intermediate or advanced
 * Language: C
 * Suggested by: Person who suggested the idea

Suggested ideas

Test driver API coverage

Summary: Expand API coverage in the test driver

The test driver (as accessed via the test:/// URI scheme) is a fake virt driver designed to let applications test against libvirt with fake data and not have any effect on the host. As can be seen from the API coverage report http://libvirt.org/hvsupport.html there are quite a few APIs not yet implemented in the test driver. Ideally the test driver would have 100% API coverage, and so the goal of the project is to address gaps in the API coverage. The work is incremental, so does not matter if not all APIs are implemented as part of the project - any amount of expanded coverage is sufficient and useful.

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Details:

  • Skill level: beginner
  • Language: C
  • Suggested by: Daniel Berrange

Integrate secrets driver with DEO Tang/Clevis

Summary: Provide encryption of secrets stored by libvirt, optionally using DEO Tang/Clevis to unlock the master key

The libvirt secrets driver currently stores secrets in base64 plain text files with the recommendation that the filesystem be backed by a LUKS encrypted block volume. This provides protection against offline compromise, but is far from ideal. Libvirt should have its own master AES key that it uses to encrypt the individual secrets files, instead of storing them in base64.

Of course there is a chicken & egg problem of how to store the master AES key itself. For this we should have the ability to integrate with DEO Tang/Clevis to allow the master key to be password protected on local node, having DEO Tang/Clevis decrypt it at libvirtd startup.

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Details:

  • Skill level: intermediate
  • Language: C
  • Mentor:
  • Suggested by: Daniel Berrange

Introducing job control to the storage driver

Summary: Implement abstract job control and use it to improve storage driver.

Currently, libvirt support job cancellation and progress reporting on domains. That is, if there's a long running job on a domain, e.g. migration, libvirt reports how much data has already been transferred to the destination and how much still needs to be transferred. However, libvirt lacks such information reporting in storage area, to which libvirt developers refer to as the storage driver. The aim is to report progress on several storage tasks, like volume wiping, file allocation an others.

  • Component: libvirt
  • Skill level: advanced
  • Language: C
  • Mentor: Pavel Hrdina <phrdina@redhat.com>, phrdina on IRC (#virt OFTC)
  • Suggested by: Michal Privoznik <mprivozn@redhat.com>

libvirt bindings for node.js

Summary: There are few libvirt bindings for node.js available via npm. However none of them expose all libvirt APIs. That is mainly because they are manually written and not automatically generated. The aim is to utilize same information that python bindings do and automatically generate node libvirt bindings based on that information so that they don't need to be modified for every new API.

  • Component: libvirt
  • Skill level: advanced
  • Language: C, C++, node-gyp, scripting language of your choice
  • Mentor: Martin Kletzander <mkletzan@redhat.com>
  • Suggested by: Martin Kletzander <mkletzan@redhat.com>

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QEMU command line generator XML fuzzing

Summary: Using fuzzing techniques to generate unusual XML to feed to QEMU command line generator

There are a huge number of potential variants of XML documents that can be fed into libvirt. Only a subset of these are valid for generating QEMU command lines. It is likely that there are cases where omitting certain attributes or XML elements will cause the QEMU command line generator to crash. Using fuzzing techniques to generate unusual XML documents which could then be fed through the test suite may identify crashes.

Details:

  • Component: libvirt
  • Skill level: intermediate
  • Language: C
  • Mentor:
  • Suggested by: Daniel Berrange

Conversion to and from OCI-formatted containers

Summary: Container formats is being standardized by Open Container Initiative. libvirt-lxc support for them would be awesome.

virsh has domxml-from-native and domxml-to-native to help converting between libvirt configuration and another one. In the libvirt-lxc driver the domxml-from-native command already supports converting from lxc (yes, naming is confusing). The goal is not only to implement it also for OCI format but also to implement export to OCI format.

Some code pointers to get started:

Note that there may be tricky things to handle, like disk images conversion to a rootfs, but this project aims at implementing the simple cases first. If time permits, the corner cases could be handled as well.

Details:

  • Component: libvirt
  • Skill level: intermediate
  • Language: C
  • Mentor: Cédric Bosdonnat <cbosdonnat@suse.com>
  • Suggested by: Cédric Bosdonnat

Introduce libiscsi pool

Summary: Currently there is an iSCSI storage pool in libvirt. However, all the management communication is done by spawning iscsiadm binary. The aim of this project would be to rework the storage driver backend so that is uses libiscsi directly.

Libvirt has many drivers to address various parts of virtualization infrastructure. For example, it has so called domain driver which is responsible for managing virtual machines, network driver for providing connectivity to virtual machines and it has storage driver for managing storage pools and volumes. The enumeration is not complete, of course. The aim of the storage driver is to provide units of storage to virtual machines. In order to achieve that goal, the storage driver offers several APIs for management applications to use, e.g. creating a pool of volumes, creating a single volume within that pool and so on. Because of the nature of storage world, the driver has many backends which implement the APIs based on underlying storage technology used. Thus there's an LVM backend for managing LVs, FS backend for working with files and directories, and there's iSCSI backend too. This backend, however, uses iscsiadm binary to execute the desired operation. The binary can be spawned multiple times during single execution of an API. This is suboptimal esp. if there exists a better solution - libiscsi. This should be 1:1 replacement, but that's only an uneducated guess. Student working on this project should explore the possibilities of doing the replacement and implement it as well.

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Details:

  • Skill level: intermediate
  • Language: C
  • Mentor: Pavel Hrdina <phrdina@redhat.com>
  • Suggested by: Jiri Denemark <jdenemar@redhat.com>

Enhancing libvirt-designer

Summary: The project is in its very early stage of life. The libvirt-designer tries to ease generation of libvirt XML with coworking with libosinfo project. See https://www.redhat.com/archives/libvir-list/2012-September/msg00325.html for a more detailed description.

During Summer of Code 2015, new API was added to make it possible to configure more VM details. This project would be a follow-up on that work, this could be :

  • switch GNOME Boxes to using libvirt-designer instead of its own code when creating a VM. This involves work in Vala for the Boxes side, and in C on the libvirt-designer side
  • improve libvirt-designer to make it appropriate for use by virt-manager/virt-install (written in Python)
  • work on both libvirt-designer and libvirt-builder, with the aim of creating a command-line tool to automatically create and install a VM (through libosinfo).

Contact me and we can refine these potential tasks and find something suitable.

Details:

  • Skill level: beginner
  • Language: C, (potentially Python, Vala)
  • Mentor: Christophe Fergeau <cfergeau@redhat.com>, teuf on IRC (#qemu-gsoc OFTC)
  • Suggested by: Christophe Fergeau <cfergeau@redhat.com>

Test driver API coverage

Summary: Expand API coverage in the test driver

The test driver (as accessed via the test:/// URI scheme) is a fake virt driver designed to let applications test against libvirt with fake data and not have any effect on the host. As can be seen from the API coverage report http://libvirt.org/hvsupport.html there are quite a few APIs not yet implemented in the test driver. Ideally the test driver would have 100% API coverage, and so the goal of the project is to address gaps in the API coverage. The work is incremental, so does not matter if not all APIs are implemented as part of the project - any amount of expanded coverage is sufficient and useful.

Links:

Details:

  • Skill level: beginner
  • Language: C
  • Suggested by: Daniel Berrange

Automatic freeing of memory

Summary: Implement __attribute__((cleanup)) for libvirt.

Both gcc and clang implement the __attribute__((cleanup)) which triggers give function call whenever variable marked with this attribute goes out of the scope. This can be used to automatically free the memory as soon as the variable is no longer needed and thus prevent some types of memory leaks.

This attribute is used by plenty of other projects.

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Details:

  • Skill level: beginner
  • Language: C
  • Mentor:
  • Suggested by: Daniel Berrange