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From: Stephen Smalley <sds@tycho.nsa.gov>
To: Sean Christopherson <sean.j.christopherson@intel.com>
Cc: Cedric Xing <cedric.xing@intel.com>,
	linux-security-module@vger.kernel.org, selinux@vger.kernel.org,
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Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH v1 2/3] LSM/x86/sgx: Implement SGX specific hooks in SELinux
Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2019 13:02:17 -0400
Message-ID: <8d99d8fb-a921-286a-8cf0-cd522e09b37c@tycho.nsa.gov> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20190611220243.GB3416@linux.intel.com>

On 6/11/19 6:02 PM, Sean Christopherson wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 11, 2019 at 09:40:25AM -0400, Stephen Smalley wrote:
>> I haven't looked at this code closely, but it feels like a lot of
>> SGX-specific logic embedded into SELinux that will have to be repeated or
>> reused for every security module.  Does SGX not track this state itself?
> 
> SGX does track equivalent state.
> 
> There are three proposals on the table (I think):
> 
>    1. Require userspace to explicitly specificy (maximal) enclave page
>       permissions at build time.  The enclave page permissions are provided
>       to, and checked by, LSMs at enclave build time.
> 
>       Pros: Low-complexity kernel implementation, straightforward auditing
>       Cons: Sullies the SGX UAPI to some extent, may increase complexity of
>             SGX2 enclave loaders.
> 
>    2. Pre-check LSM permissions and dynamically track mappings to enclave
>       pages, e.g. add an SGX mprotect() hook to restrict W->X and WX
>       based on the pre-checked permissions.
> 
>       Pros: Does not impact SGX UAPI, medium kernel complexity
>       Cons: Auditing is complex/weird, requires taking enclave-specific
>             lock during mprotect() to query/update tracking.
> 
>    3. Implement LSM hooks in SGX to allow LSMs to track enclave regions
>       from cradle to grave, but otherwise defer everything to LSMs.
> 
>       Pros: Does not impact SGX UAPI, maximum flexibility, precise auditing
>       Cons: Most complex and "heaviest" kernel implementation of the three,
>             pushes more SGX details into LSMs.
> 
> My RFC series[1] implements #1.  My understanding is that Andy (Lutomirski)
> prefers #2.  Cedric's RFC series implements #3.
> 
> Perhaps the easiest way to make forward progress is to rule out the
> options we absolutely *don't* want by focusing on the potentially blocking
> issue with each option:
> 
>    #1 - SGX UAPI funkiness
> 
>    #2 - Auditing complexity, potential enclave lock contention
> 
>    #3 - Pushing SGX details into LSMs and complexity of kernel implementation
> 
> 
> [1] https://lkml.kernel.org/r/20190606021145.12604-1-sean.j.christopherson@intel.com

Given the complexity tradeoff, what is the clear motivating example for 
why #1 isn't the obvious choice? That the enclave loader has no way of 
knowing a priori whether the enclave will require W->X or WX?  But 
aren't we better off requiring enclaves to be explicitly marked as 
needing such so that we can make a more informed decision about whether 
to load them in the first place?

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Thread overview: 67+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-06-06  2:11 [RFC PATCH v2 0/5] security: x86/sgx: SGX vs. LSM Sean Christopherson
2019-06-06  2:11 ` [RFC PATCH v2 1/5] mm: Introduce vm_ops->may_mprotect() Sean Christopherson
2019-06-10 15:06   ` Jarkko Sakkinen
2019-06-10 15:55     ` Sean Christopherson
2019-06-10 17:47       ` Xing, Cedric
2019-06-10 19:49         ` Sean Christopherson
2019-06-10 22:06           ` Xing, Cedric
2019-06-06  2:11 ` [RFC PATCH v2 2/5] x86/sgx: Require userspace to define enclave pages' protection bits Sean Christopherson
2019-06-10 15:27   ` Jarkko Sakkinen
2019-06-10 16:15     ` Sean Christopherson
2019-06-10 17:45       ` Jarkko Sakkinen
2019-06-10 18:17         ` Sean Christopherson
2019-06-12 19:26           ` Jarkko Sakkinen
2019-06-10 18:29   ` Xing, Cedric
2019-06-10 19:15     ` Andy Lutomirski
2019-06-10 22:28       ` Xing, Cedric
2019-06-12  0:09         ` Andy Lutomirski
2019-06-12 14:34           ` Sean Christopherson
2019-06-12 18:20             ` Xing, Cedric
2019-06-06  2:11 ` [RFC PATCH v2 3/5] x86/sgx: Enforce noexec filesystem restriction for enclaves Sean Christopherson
2019-06-10 16:00   ` Jarkko Sakkinen
2019-06-10 16:44     ` Andy Lutomirski
2019-06-11 17:21       ` Stephen Smalley
2019-06-06  2:11 ` [RFC PATCH v2 4/5] LSM: x86/sgx: Introduce ->enclave_load() hook for Intel SGX Sean Christopherson
2019-06-07 19:58   ` Stephen Smalley
2019-06-10 16:21     ` Sean Christopherson
2019-06-10 16:05   ` Jarkko Sakkinen
2019-06-06  2:11 ` [RFC PATCH v2 5/5] security/selinux: Add enclave_load() implementation Sean Christopherson
2019-06-07 21:16   ` Stephen Smalley
2019-06-10 16:46     ` Sean Christopherson
2019-06-17 16:38   ` Jarkko Sakkinen
2019-06-10  7:03 ` [RFC PATCH v1 0/3] security/x86/sgx: SGX specific LSM hooks Cedric Xing
2019-06-10  7:03   ` [RFC PATCH v1 1/3] LSM/x86/sgx: Add " Cedric Xing
2019-06-10  7:03   ` [RFC PATCH v1 2/3] LSM/x86/sgx: Implement SGX specific hooks in SELinux Cedric Xing
2019-06-11 13:40     ` Stephen Smalley
2019-06-11 22:02       ` Sean Christopherson
2019-06-12  9:32         ` Dr. Greg
2019-06-12 14:25           ` Sean Christopherson
2019-06-13  7:25             ` Dr. Greg
2019-06-12 19:30         ` Andy Lutomirski
2019-06-12 22:02           ` Sean Christopherson
2019-06-13  0:10             ` Xing, Cedric
2019-06-13  1:02             ` Xing, Cedric
2019-06-13 17:02         ` Stephen Smalley [this message]
2019-06-13 23:03           ` Xing, Cedric
2019-06-13 23:17             ` Sean Christopherson
2019-06-14  0:31               ` Xing, Cedric
2019-06-14  0:46           ` Sean Christopherson
2019-06-14 15:38             ` Sean Christopherson
2019-06-16 22:14               ` Andy Lutomirski
2019-06-17 16:49                 ` Sean Christopherson
2019-06-17 17:08                   ` Andy Lutomirski
2019-06-18 15:40                   ` Dr. Greg
2019-06-14 17:16             ` Xing, Cedric
2019-06-14 17:45               ` Sean Christopherson
2019-06-14 17:53                 ` Sean Christopherson
2019-06-14 20:01                   ` Sean Christopherson
2019-06-16 22:16               ` Andy Lutomirski
2019-06-14 23:19             ` Dr. Greg
2019-06-11 22:55       ` Xing, Cedric
2019-06-13 18:00         ` Stephen Smalley
2019-06-13 19:48           ` Sean Christopherson
2019-06-13 21:09             ` Xing, Cedric
2019-06-13 21:02           ` Xing, Cedric
2019-06-14  0:37           ` Sean Christopherson
2019-06-10  7:03   ` [RFC PATCH v1 3/3] LSM/x86/sgx: Call new LSM hooks from SGX subsystem Cedric Xing
2019-06-10 17:36   ` [RFC PATCH v1 0/3] security/x86/sgx: SGX specific LSM hooks Jarkko Sakkinen

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