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From: Andi Kleen <ak@linux.intel.com>
To: John Wood <john.wood@gmx.com>
Cc: Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>, Jann Horn <jannh@google.com>,
	Randy Dunlap <rdunlap@infradead.org>,
	Jonathan Corbet <corbet@lwn.net>,
	James Morris <jmorris@namei.org>, Shuah Khan <shuah@kernel.org>,
	"Serge E. Hallyn" <serge@hallyn.com>,
	Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>,
	linux-doc@vger.kernel.org, linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org,
	linux-security-module@vger.kernel.org,
	linux-kselftest@vger.kernel.org,
	kernel-hardening@lists.openwall.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH v5 7/8] Documentation: Add documentation for the Brute LSM
Date: Sun, 7 Mar 2021 09:25:40 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20210307172540.GS472138@tassilo.jf.intel.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20210307164520.GA16296@ubuntu>

> processes created from it will be killed. If the systemd restart the network
> daemon and it will crash again, then the systemd will be killed. I think this
> way the attack is fully mitigated.

Wouldn't that panic the system? Killing init is usually a panic.

> > Or if it's a interactive login you log in again.
> 
> First the login will be killed (if it fails with a fatal signal) and if it is
> restarted, the process that exec() it again will be killed. In this case I think
> that the threat is also completely mitigated.

Okay so sshd will be killed. And if it gets restarted eventually init,
so panic again.

That's a fairly drastic consequence because even without panic 
it means nobody can fix the system anymore without a console.

So probably the mitigation means that most such attacks eventually lead
to a panic because they will reach init sooner or later.

Another somewhat worrying case is some bug that kills KVM guests.
So if the bug can be triggered frequently you can kill all the
virtualization management infrastructure.

I don't remember seeing a discussion of such drastic consequences in
your description. It might be ok depending on the use case,
but people certainly need to be aware of it.

It's probably not something you want to have enabled by default ever.

-Andi


  reply	other threads:[~2021-03-07 17:26 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 27+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-02-27 15:30 [PATCH v5 0/8] Fork brute force attack mitigation John Wood
2021-02-27 15:30 ` [PATCH v5 1/8] security: Add LSM hook at the point where a task gets a fatal signal John Wood
2021-02-27 15:30 ` [PATCH v5 2/8] security/brute: Define a LSM and manage statistical data John Wood
2021-03-02  5:49   ` [security/brute] cfe92ab6a3: WARNING:inconsistent_lock_state kernel test robot
2021-03-02 18:39     ` John Wood
2021-02-27 15:30 ` [PATCH v5 3/8] securtiy/brute: Detect a brute force attack John Wood
2021-02-27 15:30 ` [PATCH v5 4/8] security/brute: Fine tuning the attack detection John Wood
2021-02-27 15:30 ` [PATCH v5 5/8] security/brute: Mitigate a brute force attack John Wood
2021-03-11 20:32   ` peter enderborg
2021-03-12 16:19     ` John Wood
2021-02-27 15:30 ` [PATCH v5 6/8] selftests/brute: Add tests for the Brute LSM John Wood
2021-02-27 15:30 ` [PATCH v5 7/8] Documentation: Add documentation " John Wood
2021-02-28 18:56   ` Andi Kleen
2021-03-02 18:31     ` John Wood
2021-03-07 15:19       ` Andi Kleen
2021-03-07 16:45         ` John Wood
2021-03-07 17:25           ` Andi Kleen [this message]
2021-03-07 18:05             ` John Wood
2021-03-07 22:49               ` Andi Kleen
2021-03-09 18:40                 ` John Wood
2021-03-11 18:22                   ` John Wood
2021-03-11 20:08                     ` Andi Kleen
2021-03-12 17:47                       ` John Wood
2021-03-11 20:05                   ` Andi Kleen
2021-03-12 17:54                     ` John Wood
2021-02-27 15:30 ` [PATCH v5 8/8] MAINTAINERS: Add a new entry " John Wood
2021-02-27 18:44 ` [PATCH v5 0/8] Fork brute force attack mitigation John Wood

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