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From: John Wood <john.wood@gmx.com>
To: Jann Horn <jannh@google.com>
Cc: Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>, John Wood <john.wood@gmx.com>,
	Kernel Hardening <kernel-hardening@lists.openwall.com>,
	Matthew Wilcox <willy@infradead.org>,
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	Vincent Guittot <vincent.guittot@linaro.org>,
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Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 1/6] security/fbfam: Add a Kconfig to enable the fbfam feature
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:32:09 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20200917173209.GA3637@ubuntu> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CAG48ez1V=oVczCCSuRaWX=bbN2cOi0Y9q48=e-Fuhg7mwMOi0A@mail.gmail.com>

On Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 11:21:58PM +0200, Jann Horn wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 10:21 PM Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org> wrote:
> > From: John Wood <john.wood@gmx.com>
> >
> > Add a menu entry under "Security options" to enable the "Fork brute
> > force attack mitigation" feature.
> [...]
> > +config FBFAM
>
> Please give this a more descriptive name than FBFAM. Some name where,
> if a random kernel developer sees an "#ifdef" with that name in some
> random piece of kernel code, they immediately have a rough idea for
> what kind of feature this is.
>
> Perhaps something like THROTTLE_FORK_CRASHES. Or something else that
> is equally descriptive.

Ok, understood. This will be fixed for the next version. Thanks.

> > +       bool "Fork brute force attack mitigation"
> > +       default n
>
> "default n" is superfluous and should AFAIK be omitted.

Ok. I will remove it. Thanks.

> > +       help
> > +         This is a user defense that detects any fork brute force attack
> > +         based on the application's crashing rate. When this measure is
> > +         triggered the fork system call is blocked.
>
> This help text claims that the mitigation will block fork(), but patch
> 6/6 actually kills the process hierarchy.

Sorry, it's a mistake. It was the first idea but finally the implementation
changed and this description not was modified. Apologies. It will be fixed
for the next version.

Thanks,
John Wood

  reply	other threads:[~2020-09-17 17:43 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 58+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-09-10 20:21 [RESEND][RFC PATCH 0/6] Fork brute force attack mitigation (fbfam) Kees Cook
2020-09-10 20:21 ` [RFC PATCH 1/6] security/fbfam: Add a Kconfig to enable the fbfam feature Kees Cook
2020-09-10 21:21   ` Jann Horn
2020-09-10 21:21     ` Jann Horn
2020-09-17 17:32     ` John Wood [this message]
2020-09-10 23:18   ` Kees Cook
2020-09-17 18:40     ` John Wood
2020-09-17 22:05       ` Kees Cook
2020-09-18 14:50         ` John Wood
2020-09-10 20:21 ` [RFC PATCH 2/6] security/fbfam: Add the api to manage statistics Kees Cook
2020-09-10 23:23   ` Kees Cook
2020-09-10 20:21 ` [RFC PATCH 3/6] security/fbfam: Use " Kees Cook
2020-09-10 20:27   ` Jann Horn
2020-09-10 20:27     ` Jann Horn
2020-09-10 23:33   ` Kees Cook
2020-09-29 23:47     ` Steven Rostedt
2020-09-29 23:49       ` Steven Rostedt
2020-10-03  9:52         ` John Wood
2020-09-10 20:21 ` [RFC PATCH 4/6] security/fbfam: Add a new sysctl to control the crashing rate threshold Kees Cook
2020-09-10 23:14   ` Kees Cook
2020-09-13 14:33     ` John Wood
2020-09-10 20:21 ` [RFC PATCH 5/6] security/fbfam: Detect a fork brute force attack Kees Cook
2020-09-10 21:10   ` Jann Horn
2020-09-10 21:10     ` Jann Horn
2020-09-13 17:54     ` John Wood
2020-09-14 19:42       ` Jann Horn
2020-09-14 19:42         ` Jann Horn
2020-09-15 18:44         ` John Wood
2020-09-10 23:49   ` Kees Cook
2020-09-11  0:01     ` Jann Horn
2020-09-11  0:01       ` Jann Horn
2020-09-13 16:56       ` John Wood
2020-09-14 19:39         ` Jann Horn
2020-09-14 19:39           ` Jann Horn
2020-09-15 17:36           ` John Wood
2020-09-10 20:21 ` [RFC PATCH 6/6] security/fbfam: Mitigate " Kees Cook
2020-09-10 20:55   ` Jann Horn
2020-09-10 20:55     ` Jann Horn
2020-09-10 23:56   ` Kees Cook
2020-09-11  0:20     ` Jann Horn
2020-09-11  0:20       ` Jann Horn
2020-09-18 16:02     ` John Wood
2020-09-18 21:35       ` Kees Cook
2020-09-19  8:01         ` John Wood
2020-09-10 20:39 ` [RESEND][RFC PATCH 0/6] Fork brute force attack mitigation (fbfam) Jann Horn
2020-09-10 20:39   ` Jann Horn
2020-09-10 23:58 ` Kees Cook
2020-09-11 14:48   ` John Wood
2020-09-12  7:55     ` Kees Cook
2020-09-12 12:24       ` John Wood
2020-09-12  0:03 ` James Morris
2020-09-12  7:56   ` Kees Cook
2020-09-12  9:36     ` John Wood
2020-09-12 14:47       ` Mel Gorman
2020-09-12 20:48         ` Ondrej Mosnacek
2020-09-12 20:48           ` Ondrej Mosnacek
2020-09-13  7:24           ` John Wood
2020-09-13  7:24             ` John Wood

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