Follow @Openwall on Twitter for new release announcements and other news
[<prev] [next>] [<thread-prev] [thread-next>] [day] [month] [year] [list]
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:00:00 +0200
From: Djalal Harouni <>
To: Casey Schaufler <>
Cc: Linux Kernel Mailing List <>, Andy Lutomirski <>, 
	Kees Cook <>, Andrew Morton <>,, 
	LSM List <>, 
	Linux API <>, Dongsu Park <>, 
	James Morris <>, "Serge E. Hallyn" <>, 
	Paul Moore <>, Tetsuo Handa <>, 
	Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH RFC v2 1/3] LSM: Allow per LSM module per "struct
 task_struct" blob.

On Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 9:26 PM, Casey Schaufler <> wrote:
> On 4/10/2017 11:30 AM, Djalal Harouni wrote:
>> On Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 5:50 PM, Casey Schaufler <> wrote:
>>> On 4/9/2017 3:42 AM, Djalal Harouni wrote:
>>>> From: Tetsuo Handa <>

>>> While I appreciate your enthusiasm, I would really like
>>> to see a mechanism for managing all of the blobs as being
>>> potentially shared rather than just the task blob. With
>>> infrastructure blob management being the general case we
>>> could stack any set of existing modules that does not
>>> include both SELinux and Smack. (AppArmor is threatening
>>> to join that set, but we're still waiting on that) I
>> Yes! most of the other kernel maintainers I discussed the feature with
>> did not even believe or knew that LSM stacking is possible! Some other
>> kernel frameworks are being replaced with new ones (I'm not sure if
>> the old ones were perfect!)... but what I'm trying to say is that we
>> should make it easy for dynamic LSM plugins model so they can explore
>> the interface, and maybe after some time the whole framework will even
>> be replaced with a better one...
> I'm not committing to dynamic modules, but I am working
> to make sure I don't do anything to prevent someone else
> from doing it in the future. There are a good number of
> people who find the notion of dynamic security policy
> disturbing.

I understand, though that with today's container recycling use cases
some of it may make sense. Anyway you are doing the real work, you
know better.

>> Thanks to your effort and others we may achieve it, but I don't think
>> that delaying features for a perfect implementation is the best way.
>> During linuxcon 2016 Europe you said that there should be a new kind
>> of LSMs, that's why I think we should make it easy for that to happen.
> I agree that it's better to use a work-around today then to
> let the shortcomings of the existing infrastructure stop you
> from getting your job done.


>>> think it's a bad idea to go ahead with one implementation
>>> for task blobs without taking care of the others.
>> Ok. Sorry if I missed this, but could you please point me why this
>> could be a bad idea ?
> It's a whole lot easier to maintain one sort of blob
> management then a different kind for each blob. It would
> be lots cleaner to have a single call that tells the
> infrastructure how much space you need for all your blobs
> than a separate interface for each.

I perfectly agree here. With Tetsuo patch it was easy to add a
stackable LSM, with a consistent approach that would be even better.
But as you note that should not be a blocker to upstream new stackable

>> As I understand it, these are internal details that could be replaced.
>> My first implementation used resizable concurrent hashtables that are
>> heavily used in the networking code and it worked, and I easily
>> converted the module to use Tetsuo's approach since I didn't see any
>> objection for it, and it continued to work. Maybe the point should be
>> *which* LSM should use the task->security and how ? The
>> ModAutoRestrict module is a simple LSM which could easily work with
>> any provided solution.
> So I see.
>> That being said, I could convert the module back and stick with
>> rhashtables for now since it does not conflict with any module and it
>> works well. I would like to avoid same history where Apparmor, Smack
>> and TOMOYO all suffered to get mainlined, even Yama due to some
>> requests...  Then I can convert the module back to use the same LSM
>> infrastructure if you maintainers think that how it should go, that's
>> totally fine by me. Yama internally could use the same task blob but
>> it is avoiding conflicts by using lists to manage its internal data,
>> that's the same design with ModAutoRestrict and rhashtables.
> I think that would be the prudent approach. There is still
> the possibility that blob sharing (or full stacking, if you
> prefer) won't be accepted any time soon.

Ok Casey! I will wait for more feedback, and if other maintainers do
not object, I will convert it back to rhashtables in next iterations
making sure that it should be simple to convert later to a blob
sharing mechanism.

Thanks again for the comments!


Powered by blists - more mailing lists

Confused about mailing lists and their use? Read about mailing lists on Wikipedia and check out these guidelines on proper formatting of your messages.