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From: Ondrej Mosnacek <omosnace@redhat.com>
To: Tejun Heo <tj@kernel.org>
Cc: selinux@vger.kernel.org, Paul Moore <paul@paul-moore.com>,
	Stephen Smalley <sds@tycho.nsa.gov>,
	Linux Security Module list 
	<linux-security-module@vger.kernel.org>,
	Casey Schaufler <casey@schaufler-ca.com>,
	Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>,
	linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org, cgroups@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3 5/5] kernfs: initialize security of newly created nodes
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2019 11:20:57 +0100
Message-ID: <CAFqZXNt0jNg2-bNbtsCX2=7bcb_GaxCnHfSyck=GksXBTkWJ-g@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20190130170911.GZ50184@devbig004.ftw2.facebook.com>

Hi Tejun,

On Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 6:09 PM Tejun Heo <tj@kernel.org> wrote:
>
> Hello,
>
> On Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 12:41:50PM +0100, Ondrej Mosnacek wrote:
> > @@ -673,6 +698,12 @@ static struct kernfs_node *__kernfs_new_node(struct kernfs_root *root,
> >                       goto err_out3;
> >       }
> >
> > +     if (parent) {
> > +             ret = kernfs_node_init_security(parent, kn);
> > +             if (ret)
> > +                     goto err_out3;
> > +     }
>
> So, doing this unconditionally isn't a good idea.  kernfs doesn't use
> the usual dentry/inode because there are machines with 6, even 7 digit
> number of kernfs nodes and some of them even failed to boot due to
> memory shortage.  Please don't blow it up by default.

Hm, I see... basically the only thing that gets allocated in
kernfs_node_init_security() by default (at least under SELinux/ no
LSM) is the kernfs_iattrs structures, so I assume you are pointing at
that. I think this can be easily fixed, if we again use the assumption
that whenever the parent node has only default attributes
(parent->iattrs == NULL), then the child node should also have just
default attributes (and so we don't need to call kernfs_iattrs() on it
nor call the security hook). Something along these lines:

[...]
+static int kernfs_node_init_security(struct kernfs_node *parent,
+                                    struct kernfs_node *kn)
+{
+       struct kernfs_iattrs *attrs, *pattrs;
+       struct qstr q;
+
+       pattrs = parent->iattrs;
+       if (!pattrs)
+               return 0;
+
+       attrs = kernfs_iattrs(kn);
+       if (!attrs)
+               return -ENOMEM;
+
+       q.name = kn->name;
+       q.hash_len = hashlen_string(parent, kn->name);
[...]

Technically this might make some LSMs unhappy, if they want to set
some non-default context even if parent is all default, but this is
already impossible now and in this case I think we have no better
choice than sacrificing a bit of flexibility for memory efficiency,
which is apparently critical here.

Tejun, Casey, would the above modification be fine with you?

--
Ondrej Mosnacek <omosnace at redhat dot com>
Associate Software Engineer, Security Technologies
Red Hat, Inc.

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Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-01-30 11:41 [PATCH v3 0/5] Allow initializing the kernfs node's secctx based on its parent Ondrej Mosnacek
2019-01-30 11:41 ` [PATCH v3 1/5] selinux: try security xattr after genfs for kernfs filesystems Ondrej Mosnacek
2019-01-30 11:41 ` [PATCH v3 2/5] kernfs: use simple_xattrs for security attributes Ondrej Mosnacek
2019-01-30 11:41 ` [PATCH v3 3/5] LSM: add new hook for kernfs node initialization Ondrej Mosnacek
2019-01-30 11:41 ` [PATCH v3 4/5] selinux: implement the kernfs_init_security hook Ondrej Mosnacek
2019-01-30 11:41 ` [PATCH v3 5/5] kernfs: initialize security of newly created nodes Ondrej Mosnacek
2019-01-30 17:09   ` Tejun Heo
2019-01-31 10:20     ` Ondrej Mosnacek [this message]
2019-01-31 14:22       ` Tejun Heo
2019-01-31 16:39       ` Casey Schaufler
2019-02-04  9:48         ` Ondrej Mosnacek

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