The operation of the syzkaller syz-manager process is governed by a configuration file, passed at invocation time with the -config option. This configuration can be based on the example; the file is in JSON format with the following keys in its top-level object:

  • http: URL that will display information about the running syz-manager process.
  • email_addrs: Optional list of email addresses to receive notifications when bugs are encountered for the first time. Mailx is the only supported mailer. Please set it up prior to using this function.
  • workdir: Location of a working directory for the syz-manager process. Outputs here include:
    • <workdir>/crashes/*: crash output files (see Crash Reports)
    • <workdir>/corpus.db: corpus with interesting programs
    • <workdir>/instance-x: per VM instance temporary files
  • syzkaller: Location of the syzkaller checkout, syz-manager will look for binaries in bin subdir (does not have to be syzkaller checkout as long as it preserves bin dir structure)
  • kernel_obj: Directory with object files (e.g. vmlinux for linux) (used for report symbolization and coverage reports, optional).
  • procs: Number of parallel test processes in each VM (4 or 8 would be a reasonable number).
  • image: Location of the disk image file for the QEMU instance; a copy of this file is passed as the -hda option to qemu-system-x86_64.
  • sshkey: Location (on the host machine) of a root SSH identity to use for communicating with the virtual machine.
  • sandbox : Sandboxing mode, the following modes are supported:
    • “none”: don't do anything special (has false positives, e.g. due to killing init), default
    • “setuid”: impersonate into user nobody (65534)
    • “namespace”: use namespaces to drop privileges (requires a kernel built with CONFIG_NAMESPACES, CONFIG_UTS_NS, CONFIG_USER_NS, CONFIG_PID_NS and CONFIG_NET_NS)
  • enable_syscalls: List of syscalls to test (optional).
  • disable_syscalls: List of system calls that should be treated as disabled (optional).
  • suppressions: List of regexps for known bugs.
  • type: Type of virtual machine to use, e.g. qemu or adb.
  • vm: object with VM-type-specific parameters; for example, for qemu type paramters include:
    • count: Number of VMs to run in parallel.
    • kernel: Location of the bzImage file for the kernel to be tested; this is passed as the -kernel option to qemu-system-x86_64.
    • cmdline: Additional command line options for the booting kernel, for example root=/dev/sda1.
    • cpu: Number of CPUs to simulate in the VM (not currently used).
    • mem: Amount of memory (in MiB) for the VM; this is passed as the -m option to qemu-system-x86_64.

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