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SubjectRe: [PATCH 01/11] Security: Add hook to get full maclabel xattr name

--- Dave Quigley <> wrote:

> On Thu, 2008-02-28 at 20:00 -0500, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> > On Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 07:32:47PM -0500, Dave Quigley wrote:
> > > I can always go with the original hook name of get_security_xattr_name
> > > which turns into a security_get_security_xattr_name call which seems a
> > > bit ludicrous. The only other complaint that I saw from Casey besides
> > > the name of the function was that there could be more than one xattr. If
> > > we want to address that then I need another hook that says give me all
> > > data that the LSM deems important for this file. Which is essentially
> > > the same thing as taking each of the xattr names that the module will
> > > provide, grabbing each of them in turn, and concatenating them together.
> > > For SELinux this is no different than getsecurity with the selinux
> > > suffix. The same goes for SMACK.
> >
> > What about Casey's suggestion of get_security_blob? For any reasonable
> > module that just has a single xattr it's trivial and for those that
> > have multiple or a different storage model it might get complicated
> > but that's not our problem for now.
> If this is the method we are going to use then we need a corresponding
> set_security_blob as well.

Not to sound stupid, but why would you need this?

> This seems like a paradigm shift for
> accessing security information in the kernel.

Well, yes, but look at David Howell's file cacheing work
before you take too firm a stand.

> I said to Casey in the
> beginning that I'd be willing to revisit it but that neither he or I
> alone could make the decision. Unless I misunderstood the original
> mandate for security information and that it only applies to how user
> space accesses it.

Sorry, I don't understand how user space and mandates go together here.

Casey Schaufler

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