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SubjectRe: [AppArmor 38/45] AppArmor: Module and LSM hooks
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On Tue, 2007-06-12 at 10:34 -0500, Serge E. Hallyn wrote:
> Quoting Stephen Smalley (sds@tycho.nsa.gov):

[...]

> >
> > If we added support for named type transitions to SELinux, as proposed
> > earlier by Kyle Moffett during this discussion, wouldn't that address
> > that issue without needing a DTE-like approach? The concept is to add
>
> Haven't read his message, but based on what you laid out here sure, that
> sounds good. It still, like my dte approach, might have some trouble
> with the wildcard/regex rules AA allows. And while it might perfectly
> reproduce my original DTE behavior, I don't think it does what AA wants
> on bind mounts. (Whether what AA wants for bind mounts makes sense I'm
> still not convinced, especially with user mounts coming soon (or already
> here?), but I'm staying out of that discussion for now)
>
> > the last component name as a further input to the labeling decision for
> > new files, in addition to the existing use of the creating process'
> > label, the parent directory label, and the kind of file. Then, you
> > could have something like:
> > type_transition <domain> var_log_hosts_t:file "messages" messages_t;
> >
> > The last component name is already available, so that doesn't require
> > any changes to LSM, and it would be a straightforward extension of
> > SELinux to support the above - it doesn't change the model at all, just
> > adds a further input to the new file labeling logic.
>
> And eliminates the need for restorecond?
>

Unlikely in the short term - restorecond is also used to reset contexts
on critical files in /etc that might loose the context because tools
used to update them are not correctly preserving contexts
(e.g., /etc/mtab, etc/resolv.conf).

Actually - this whole notion restorecond as a critical component of
SELinux because of a "new file problem" is pretty overblown. The default
config file ships with:

/etc/resolv.conf
/etc/samba/secrets.tdb
/etc/mtab
/var/run/utmp
/var/log/wtmp
~/public_html
~/.mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so

So the only things that would be helped by type_transition rules with a
name component would be public_html and libflashplayer.so.

Karl

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