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SubjectRe: Out of tree module using LSM
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ak@suse.de wrote on 28/11/2007 19:20:26:

> "Tvrtko A. Ursulin" <tvrtko.ursulin@sophos.com> writes:
>
> > We here at Sophos (the fourth largest endpoint security vendor in
> the world)
> > have such a module called Talpa which is a part of our main
> endpoint security
> > product
>
> What is a "endpoint security product" exactly? A gateway that scans
> files passing through it?

No, it would be more like a desktop/workstation thingy which protects
against different kinds of malware and can also enforce policies, all
centraly managed. I am afraid to use to more marketing words not to upset
the LKML filters because originaly my posdt was blocked on.. hah! I almost
wrote it now! :) It was "security vendor" but with another term for
vendor.

> > In essence, what our module does is it intercepts file accesses and
allows
> > userspace daemons to vet them.
>
> I suspect the only good way forward would be to collect the
> requirements of your user space and then define a proper official
> interface to do what they want to do. Ideally would be a shared proposal
> from multiple groups who are doing this, e.g. if you could talk to
> some others doing similar things that would be best.

I completely agree and effort to do that is under way. I am not the one
coordinating that but hopefully those who are will post something soon.

> Personally I admit I never quite saw the point of intercepting all
> file accesses for everything. That will just always be slow as often
> demonstrated on other operating systems and racey and unreliable too.
> And at least the internal daemons should be already reasonably well
> protected by standard (or beyond standard, like AA/SELinux etc.)
> security measures, so e.g. it does not really make sense to intercept
> all of your /etc file accesses and similar.

Personally I don't know. I am often surprised when I hear what techniques
the bad guys use and what is possible.

Solution that we currently have is not so slow (btw you are free to try it
out). And by working on a proper interface race and reliability issues
should be solvable.

> It might be better to identify the services (gateway, samba, file
> server whatever) that are actually dealing with possible infected
> "external" files and then define some generic interface that would
> allow you to check those as the data appears.
>
> I would expect such an approach to perform better in the end and be more
> reliable too.
>
> Note such a interface might well be user space only.

That is fine for some classes of servers. But for some other and desktop
more could be needed.

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