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From: THOBY Simon <>
To: Mimi Zohar <>,
	"" <>,
	BARVAUX Didier <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 5/5] IMA: introduce a new policy option func=SETXATTR_CHECK
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 17:58:38 +0000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Hello Mimi,

On 7/27/21 7:25 PM, Mimi Zohar wrote:
> Hi Simon,
> On Tue, 2021-07-27 at 16:33 +0000, THOBY Simon wrote:
>> While users can restrict the accepted hash algorithms for the
>> security.ima xattr file signature when appraising said file, users
>> cannot restrict the algorithms that can be set on that attribute:
>> any algorithm built in the kernel is accepted on a write.
>> Define a new value for the ima policy option 'func' that restricts
>> globally the hash algorithms accepted when writing the security.ima
>> xattr.
>> When a policy contains a rule of the form
>> 	appraise func=SETXATTR_CHECK appraise_hash=sha256,sha384,sha512
>> only values corresponding to one of these three digest algorithms
>> will be accepted for writing the security.ima xattr.
>> Attempting to write the attribute using another algorithm (or "free-form"
>> data) will be denied with an audit log message.
>> In the absence of such a policy rule, the default is still to only
>> accept hash algorithms built in the kernel (with all the limitations
>> that entails).
>> On policy update, the latest SETXATTR_CHECK rule is the only one
>> that apply, and other SETXATTR_CHECK rules are deleted.
>> Signed-off-by: Simon Thoby <>
> Sorry, I was just getting to this patch, when you re-posted the patch
> set.  In the future, I'll make sure the responses are sent in quick
> succession.

The mistake is mine, I will wait more between submission next time (and it would also
be more reasonable of me to spam less the ML), sorry!

> There are a number of assumptions related to the IMA policy:
> - A builtin policy may be replaced by a custom policy.
> - Depending on the Kconfig, the policy rules may not change be updated.
> - Subsequent to replacing the builtin policy with a custom policy,
> rules may only be appended, based on the Kconfig.
> The locking around the policy rules is dependent on these assumptions. 
> Removing policy rules is a major change that needs to be considered
> carefully.  Why should "func=SETXATTR_CHECK"  be treated any
> differently than any other policy rule?  How would an attestation
> server know which setxattr rule was enabled at the time the file was
> appraised?

You're right, the "user convenience" gain is probably not much anyway, while the complexity burden
arising from deleting nodes from a list in reverse order with potentially multiple concurrent readers
is high, even with RCU doing most of the work.

I will drop that in a future revision of the patchset.

> thanks,
> Mimi

Many thanks for all the time you already spent on reviewing this work,
Have a nice evening (or day, with timezones and all),

  reply	other threads:[~2021-07-27 17:58 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 17+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-07-27 16:33 [PATCH v4 0/5] IMA: restrict the accepted digest algorithms for THOBY Simon
2021-07-27 16:33 ` [PATCH v4 1/5] IMA: remove the dependency on CRYPTO_MD5 THOBY Simon
2021-07-27 17:57   ` Mimi Zohar
2021-07-27 16:33 ` [PATCH v4 2/5] IMA: block writes of the security.ima xattr with unsupported algorithms THOBY Simon
2021-07-27 20:32   ` Mimi Zohar
2021-07-28  7:00     ` THOBY Simon
2021-07-28 12:43       ` Mimi Zohar
2021-07-28 12:53         ` THOBY Simon
2021-07-28 13:09           ` Mimi Zohar
2021-07-27 16:33 ` [PATCH v4 3/5] IMA: add support to restrict the hash algorithms used for file appraisal THOBY Simon
2021-07-27 20:38   ` Mimi Zohar
2021-07-27 16:33 ` [PATCH v4 4/5] IMA: add a policy option to restrict xattr hash algorithms on appraisal THOBY Simon
2021-07-27 21:07   ` Mimi Zohar
2021-07-27 16:33 ` [PATCH v4 5/5] IMA: introduce a new policy option func=SETXATTR_CHECK THOBY Simon
2021-07-27 17:25   ` Mimi Zohar
2021-07-27 17:58     ` THOBY Simon [this message]
2021-07-27 17:47 ` [PATCH v4 0/5] IMA: restrict the accepted digest algorithms for Mimi Zohar

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