Docker Container with CAP_NET_ADMIN error running inside LXC


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Jan 26, 2023

I have the following setup:

  • Proxmox VE (8.0.3)
  • Debian (12) as LXC container
    • Privileged
    • Nesting = 1
    • Running Docker / Portainer (2.18.4)
When I now try to deploy for example Jellyfin (jellyfin/jellyfin) I get the following error:

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... I already tried to run the jellyfin container in privileged mode, host network but that did not work either.

In my Debian 12 VM it works without issues .. but I wanted to migrate that from VM to LXC ...
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There is one discussion on github ( that recommends to:

...add the following line to your /etc/pve/nodes/pve/lxc/xxx.conf  "lxc.cap.drop:"

This will clear the cap drops. Seems not the best solution for me but it works and Docker now gets what it needs.

I added this in my LXC and now it works. But is there a more permanent / update proof solution. Or is this "safe" to use ...
Or is this "safe" to use ...
Removing all restrictions safe? Just don't run Docker inside of LX(C) containers if you want your system to be safe. It has been said a thousand times before, KVM is the most secure option there is.

If you're fine with the possibility that each PVE upgrade will break your Docker-in-LXC and you don't care about security at all, you can use it in LXC.
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I am not 100% sure what I am looking at in your config but on "Advanced container settings" the capability "MAC_ADMIN" is not set. Have you tried setting it?
... tried setting NET_ADMIN, MAC_ADMIN as well as privileged. No success.

What worked in the end was adding "lxc.cap.drop:" at the end of the lxc config (/etc/pve/nodes/pve/lxc/xxx.conf).

But for now I am sticking with the VM approach due to concerns as raised above. But LXC would work as well now...


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