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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Version 7 (2.6.23) Smack: Simplified Mandatory Access Control Kernel
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Hi Casey,

On Sun, Oct 14, 2007 at 10:15:42AM -0700, Casey Schaufler wrote:
>
> +
> +CIPSO Configuration
> +
> +It is normally unnecessary to specify the CIPSO configuration. The default
> +values used by the system handle all internal cases. Smack will compose CIPSO
> +label values to match the Smack labels being used without administrative
> +intervention.
>

I have two issues with CIPSO and Smack:

1-

Using default configuration (system startup script + smacfs fstab line), system
can't access any service outside the Lan. "ICMP parameter problem message" always
appear from the first Wan router (traceroute + tcpdump at [1]).

Services inside the LAN can be accessed normally. System can connect to a Lan
Windows share. It also connects to the gateway HTTP server easily.

After some tweaking, I discovered that using CIPSOv6 solves all above problems:
$ echo -n "NLBL_CIPSOv6" > /smack/nltype
Is this a normal behaviour ?

2-

> 4. Any access requested on an object labeled "*" is permitted.
[...]
> +Unlabeled packets that come into the system will be given the
> +ambient label.

Default conf let the ambient attribute = _ which works fine. Setting ambient = *
stops all external (non lo) network traffic. Did I miss another use of "ambient"
or this is a normal behaviour ?.

> +Administration
> +
> +Smack supports some mount options:
> +
> + smackfsdef=label: specifies the label to give files that lack
> + the Smack label extended attribute.
> +

Although using smackfsdef=* as a mount option, all my system files have the floor
attribute. Most of the /dev files have the * attribute though.


[1]

traceroute to google.com (64.233.187.99), 30 hops max, 40 byte packets
1 host-196.218.207.17.tedata.net (196.218.207.17) 1.976 ms 1.850 ms 2.127 ms
2 DOKKI-R03C-GZ-EG (163.121.170.78) 27.429 ms 28.091 ms 23.336 ms

Here's the tcpdump for accessing google.com:

22:51:26.008883 IP host-196.218.207.18.tedata.net.54011 > host-196.218.207.17.tedata.net.domain: 11001+ A? google.com. (28)
22:51:26.011066 IP host-196.218.207.18.tedata.net.45317 > host-196.218.207.17.tedata.net.domain: 44913+[|domain]
22:51:26.052154 IP host-196.218.207.17.tedata.net.domain > host-196.218.207.18.tedata.net.54011: 11001 3/0/0 A py-in-f99.google.com,[|domain]
22:51:26.052700 IP host-196.218.207.18.tedata.net.57180 > py-in-f99.google.com.www: S 282373541:282373541(0) win 5840 <mss 1460,sackOK,timestamp 741383 0,nop,wscale 5>
22:51:26.090608 IP host-196.218.207.17.tedata.net.domain > host-196.218.207.18.tedata.net.45317: 44913 1/0/0 (89)
22:51:26.091473 IP host-196.218.207.18.tedata.net.34417 > host-196.218.207.17.tedata.net.domain: 49202+[|domain]
--> 22:51:26.105443 IP DOKKI-R03C-GZ-EG > host-196.218.207.18.tedata.net: ICMP parameter problem - octet 20, length 48
Best Regards,

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Ahmed S. Darwish
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