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From: Paul Moore <>
To: Florian Westphal <>
Subject: Re: New skb extension for use by LSMs (skb "security blob")?
Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:32:18 -0400
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On Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 3:03 AM Florian Westphal <> wrote:
> Paul Moore <> wrote:
> > Hello netdev,
> >
> > I was just made aware of the skb extension work, and it looks very
> > appealing from a LSM perspective.  As some of you probably remember,
> > we (the LSM folks) have wanted a proper security blob in the skb for
> > quite some time, but netdev has been resistant to this idea thus far.
> Is that "blob" in addition to skb->secmark, or a replacement?

That's a good question.  While I thought about that, I wasn't sure if
that was worth bringing up as previous attempts to trade the secmark
field for a void pointer met with failure.  Last time I played with it
I was able to take the additional 32-bits from holes in the skb, and
possibly even improve some of the cacheline groupings (but that is
always going to be a dependent on use case I think), but that wasn't

I think we could consider freeing up the secmark in the main skb, and
move it to a skb extension, but this would potentially increase the
chances that we would need to add an extension to a skb.  I don't have
any hard numbers, but based on discussions and questions I suspect
Secmark is more widely used than NetLabel and/or labeled IPsec;
although I'm confident it is still a minor percentage of the overall
Linux installed base.

For me the big question is what would it take for us to get a security
blob associated with the skb?  Would moving the secmark into the skb
extension be enough?  Something else?  Or is this simply never going
to happen?  I want to remain optimistic, but I've been trying for this
off-and-on for over a decade and keep running into a brick wall ;)

paul moore

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Thread overview: 17+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-08-21 22:00 Paul Moore
2019-08-21 22:50 ` David Miller
2019-08-22  3:27   ` Paul Moore
2019-08-22  3:54     ` David Miller
2019-08-22 18:50       ` Casey Schaufler
2019-08-22  7:03 ` Florian Westphal
2019-08-22 16:32   ` Paul Moore [this message]
2019-08-22 20:10     ` Casey Schaufler
2019-08-22 20:15       ` Florian Westphal
2019-08-22 20:35         ` Casey Schaufler
2019-08-22 21:18           ` David Miller
2019-08-22 21:59             ` Casey Schaufler
2019-08-22 22:28               ` David Miller
2019-08-22 22:34                 ` Casey Schaufler
2019-08-22 22:36                   ` David Miller
2019-08-23 18:56                     ` Casey Schaufler
2019-08-22 21:17       ` David Miller

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