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SubjectRe: [malware-list] TALPA - a threat model? well sorta.
On Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 06:44:33PM -0700, david@lang.hm wrote:
> could you do something like defining a namespace inside posix attributes
> and then setting up a mechanism in the kernel to alert if the attributes
> change (with the entire namespace getting cleared if the file gets
> dirtied)?

According to Eric Paris the clean/dirty state is only stored in
memory. We could use the extended attribute interface as a way of not
defining a new system call, or some other interface, but I'm not sure
it's such a great match given that the extended attributes interface
are designed for persistent data.

I agree that doesn't actually work very well for the tracker use case,
where you the clean/dirty bit to be persistent (in case the tracker is
disabled due to the fact you are running on battery, for example, and
then you reboot).

- Ted


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