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SubjectRe: [PATCH] SMACK netfilter smacklabel socket match
Casey Schaufler wrote:
> Paul Moore wrote:
>> On Wednesday 18 February 2009 02:23:24 am etienne wrote:
....
> Yes, it would make it nicer. You'll need to do a better job
> on the list management than I've been doing. It's probably well
> past time to introduce the Standard list management scheme to
> Smack, and you'll need to do so if you want to do insertions
> and/or deletions.
>
well, we could maybe do that for smack_netlbladdrs.
for smk_rules, i don't know, depending to the use case, it could grow bigger and thus need a more efficient scheme than linked-list like hash-table.



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>>
>
> I would be delighted to see these changes. When you have preliminary
> versions I would be eager to see them and give them a try in the
> Smack test laboratory.
>
OK, will send tonight


> Etienne, thank you very much for the work you've done so far. Paul,
> thank you for your recommendations.
>

well, I'll try to explain my use case for SMACK, could you please tell me if this makes sense and if it is doable and sane with SMACK :

I have single-user computer that, for simplicity sake, do only web browsing with firefox;
the attack vector i'm concerned with is malicious web pages, that could execute malicious code on my computer or worse erase some of my data;

so i express the following security policy in a tool-agnostic way :
1. firefox can access internet
2. firefox can read/write it's configuration directory in my $HOME
3. firefox can read/write to a download directory
4. firefox can execute kpdf, okular, vlc etc...
5. firefox can read system files
6. firefox can write to temporary folder

pretty simple. So I expect the 'tool' to express this policy in very few line; (i had a look at selinux/refpolicy, and I'm ashamed I was too lazy to test/understand further). And if possible a mainline tool would be a big bonus.

So I decided to give smack a try, and here are my notes/interrogations :

rule 1. if i understand correctly, I have to load the following smack rule
"firefox _ rwx"
well, as '_' is the default objectlabel for all system files, it means that firefox will have smack 'w' access on system.

So first issue : is it possible to express network access in another way?
Or maybe I have to relabel /bin/, /sbin etc with a custom system label ?

rule 2-6 : easy to implement with smack, i label my $HOME with some label and download/cfg dir with other labels
Firefox won't have rw access to my $HOME hehe

Second issue : what is the simplest way to start firefox with the firefox label?
I used the following hack : write a small program (i used cap_mac_admin, could have been suid) that :
a) set /proc/self/attr/current
b) drop capabilities
c) start firefox
Is there a cleanest way, can a process be started with its objectlabel?

Third issue : there seems to be no way to log/audit access violations, have you plans to implement that?

best regards,
Etienne


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