This doc is WIP, stay tuned.
The tracing service has two endpoints (in Chromium: Mojo services, on Android: UNIX sockets): one for producer(s) and one for consumer(s). The former is typically public, the latter is restricted only to trusted consumers.
Producers are never trusted. We assume they will try their best to DoS / crash / exploit the tracing service. We do so at the core/service_impl.cc so that the the same level of security and testing is applied regardless of the embedder and the IPC transport.
Consumers are always trusted. They still shouldn't be able to crash or exploit the service. They can easily DoS it though, but that is WAI.
Shared memory isolation
Memory is shared only point-to-point between each producer and the tracing service. We should never ever share memory across producers (in order to not leak trace data belonging to different producers) nor between producers and consumers (that would open a hard to audit path between untrusted-and-unprivileged and trusted-and-more-privileged entities).
Attestation of trace contents
The tracing service guarantees that the
TracePacket fields defined also in trusted_packet.proto cannot be spoofed by the Producer(s). Packets that try to define those fields are rejected (modulo the clock snapshots).
See PacketStreamValidator and its unit test for more details.
At the moment nothing prevents that a producer writes
TracePacket(s) that do not belong to its data sources. Realistically the service will never prevent that because doing so would imply that the service knows about all the possible types of packets, which doesn't scale.
However, the service appends the POSIX uid of the producer to each
to perform offline attestation of the contents of the trace.