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* [PATCH] Kernel Lockdown: Add an option to allow raw MSR access even, in confidentiality mode.
@ 2019-11-30  6:49 Matt Parnell
  2019-11-30 18:36 ` Kees Cook
  2019-12-02 19:43 ` Matthew Garrett
  0 siblings, 2 replies; 16+ messages in thread
From: Matt Parnell @ 2019-11-30  6:49 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: linux-security-module; +Cc: dhowells, matthew.garrett, keescook

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From 452b8460e464422d268659a8abb93353a182f8c8 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Matt Parnell <mparnell@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Nov 2019 00:44:09 -0600
Subject: [PATCH] Kernel Lockdown: Add an option to allow raw MSR access even
 in confidentiality mode.

For Intel CPUs, some of the MDS mitigations utilize the new "flush" MSR, and
while this isn't something normally used in userspace, it does cause false
positives for the "Forshadow" vulnerability.

Additionally, Intel CPUs use MSRs for voltage and frequency controls,
which in
many cases is useful for undervolting to avoid excess heat.

Signed-off-by: Matt Parnell <mparnell@gmail.com>
---
 arch/x86/kernel/msr.c     |  5 ++++-
 security/lockdown/Kconfig | 12 ++++++++++++
 2 files changed, 16 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/msr.c b/arch/x86/kernel/msr.c
index 1547be359d7f..4adce59455c3 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/msr.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/msr.c
@@ -80,10 +80,11 @@ static ssize_t msr_write(struct file *file, const
char __user *buf,
     int err = 0;
     ssize_t bytes = 0;
 
+#if defined(LOCK_DOWN_DENY_RAW_MSR)
     err = security_locked_down(LOCKDOWN_MSR);
     if (err)
         return err;
-
+#endif
     if (count % 8)
         return -EINVAL;    /* Invalid chunk size */
 
@@ -135,9 +136,11 @@ static long msr_ioctl(struct file *file, unsigned
int ioc, unsigned long arg)
             err = -EFAULT;
             break;
         }
+#if defined(LOCK_DOWN_DENY_RAW_MSR)
         err = security_locked_down(LOCKDOWN_MSR);
         if (err)
             break;
+#endif
         err = wrmsr_safe_regs_on_cpu(cpu, regs);
         if (err)
             break;
diff --git a/security/lockdown/Kconfig b/security/lockdown/Kconfig
index e84ddf484010..f4fe72c4bf8f 100644
--- a/security/lockdown/Kconfig
+++ b/security/lockdown/Kconfig
@@ -44,4 +44,16 @@ config LOCK_DOWN_KERNEL_FORCE_CONFIDENTIALITY
      code to read confidential material held inside the kernel are
      disabled.
 
+config LOCK_DOWN_DENY_RAW_MSR
+    bool "Lock down and deny raw MSR access"
+    depends on LOCK_DOWN_KERNEL_FORCE_CONFIDENTIALITY
+    default y
+    help
+      Some Intel based systems require raw MSR access to use the flush
+      MSR for MDS mitigation confirmation. Raw access can also be used
+      to undervolt many Intel CPUs.
+
+      Say Y to prevent access or N to allow raw MSR access for such
+      cases.
+
 endchoice
-- 
2.24.0



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2019-11-30 18:36 ` Kees Cook
2019-11-30 19:09   ` Matt Parnell
2019-12-01 20:53     ` Matt Parnell
2019-12-02 18:29       ` Matt Parnell
2019-12-02 22:55         ` Jordan Glover
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2019-12-02 23:29           ` Matthew Garrett
2019-12-02 23:31             ` Matt Parnell
2019-12-03  2:13   ` Matt Parnell
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2019-12-03  2:24       ` Matt Parnell
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