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Added by Daniel P. Berrange almost 7 years ago

Add -f FMT / --format FMT arg to qemu-nbd

Currently the qemu-nbd program will auto-detect the format of
any disk it is given. This behaviour is known to be insecure.
For example, if qemu-nbd initially exposes a 'raw' file to an
unprivileged app, and that app runs

'qemu-img create -f qcow2 -o backing_file=/etc/shadow /dev/nbd0'

then the next time the app is started, the qemu-nbd will now
detect it as a 'qcow2' file and expose /etc/shadow to the
unprivileged app.

The only way to avoid this is to explicitly tell qemu-nbd what
disk format to use on the command line, completely disabling
auto-detection. This patch adds a '-f' / '--format' arg for
this purpose, mirroring what is already available via qemu-img
and qemu commands.

qemu-nbd --format raw -p 9000 evil.img

will now always use raw, regardless of what format 'evil.img'
looks like it contains

Signed-off-by: Daniel P. Berrange <>
[Use errx, not err. - Paolo]
Signed-off-by: Paolo Bonzini <>
Signed-off-by: Anthony Liguori <>


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