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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] Version 9 (2.6.24-rc1) Smack: Simplified Mandatory Access Control Kernel
On Sat, Oct 27, 2007 at 11:01:12AM +0200, Ahmed S. Darwish wrote:
> The problem here (As discussed in private mails) is that the for loop
> assumes that the beginning of given user-space buffer is the beginning
> of a rule. This leads to situations where the rule becomes "ecret 20",
> or "cret 20" instead of "Secret 20". Big input buffers/files leads
> smack to recieve a rule like "Secret 20" in fragmented chunks like:
> write("<lots of rules before ours>\nSec", ..)
> write("r", 1, ..)
> write("et 20\n<remaing rules after ours>", ..)
> Parsing a rule in such tough conditions in _kernel space_ is very
> hard. I began to feel that it will be much easier if we do the parsing
> in a userspace utility and let smack accept only small buffers (80 char).

For crying out louf, all it takes is a finite state machine... BTW, folks,
your parser *and* input language suck. Really. Silently allowing noise
is Dumb(tm).

Please, write the grammar down and _follow_ _it_. AFAICS, trimming the
crap ("we have a number, skip everything until '/', whatever noise we
have there doesn't matter") leads to something like

text: (whitespace line? \n)*
whitespace: [ \t]*
line: label whitespace number whitespace (/ whitespace set whitespace)?
set: number (whitespace , whitespace number)*
label: [!-.0-~]{1,23}
number: [0-9]+

and even that might be too liberal. For fsck sake, all you need is to
keep a struct that would contain
* state
* (partial) number
* list of smack_known, with the first element being the partial one.
* number of characters already seen in label (label itself stored
in the list head ->smk_known)
and that's it - just have a switch by ->state to handle the next character.
Allocate that struct in ->open(), modify in ->write(), apply the entire thing
at once in ->release().

Come on, people, this is ridiculous - why bother reinventing the wheels for
the stuff that belongs to exercises halfway through any self-respecting
introductory textbook? Scary parser, my arse...
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