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Subject[PATCH] IMA: Minimal IMA policy and boot param for TCB IMA policy
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The IMA TCB policy is dangerous.  A normal use can use all of a system's
memory (which cannot be freed) simply by building and running lots of
executables. The TCB policy is also nearly useless because logging in as root
often causes a policy violation when dealing with utmp, thus rendering the
measurements meaningless.

There is no good fix for this in the kernel. A full TCB policy would need to
be loaded in userspace using LSM rule matching to get both a protected and
useful system. But, if too little is measured before userspace can load a real
policy one again ends up with a meaningless set of measurements. One option
would be to put the policy load inside the initrd in order to get it early
enough in the boot sequence to be useful, but this runs into trouble with the
LSM. For IMA to measure the LSM policy and the LSM policy loading mechanism
it needs rules to do so, but we already talked about problems with defaulting
to such broad rules....
IMA also depends on the files being measured to be on an FS which implements
and supports i_version. Since the only FS with this support (ext4) doesn't
even use it by default it seems silly to have any IMA rules by default.

This should reduce the performance overhead of IMA to near 0 while still
letting users who choose to configure their machine as such to inclue the
ima_tcb kernel paramenter and get measurements during boot before they can
load a customized, reasonable policy in userspace.

Signed-off-by: Eric Paris <eparis@redhat.com>
---
Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt | 6 ++++++
security/integrity/ima/ima_policy.c | 30 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++---
2 files changed, 33 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
diff --git a/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt b/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
index 95c523a..6a90c27 100644
--- a/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
+++ b/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
@@ -914,6 +914,12 @@ and is between 256 and 4096 characters. It is defined in the file
Formt: { "sha1" | "md5" }
default: "sha1"

+ ima_tcb [IMA]
+ Load a policy which meets the needs of the Trusted
+ Computing Base. This means IMA will measure all
+ programs exec'd, files mmap'd for exec, and all files
+ opened for read by uid=0.
+
in2000= [HW,SCSI]
See header of drivers/scsi/in2000.c.

diff --git a/security/integrity/ima/ima_policy.c b/security/integrity/ima/ima_policy.c
index fd72d77..e127839 100644
--- a/security/integrity/ima/ima_policy.c
+++ b/security/integrity/ima/ima_policy.c
@@ -45,9 +45,17 @@ struct ima_measure_rule_entry {
} lsm[MAX_LSM_RULES];
};

-/* Without LSM specific knowledge, the default policy can only be
+/*
+ * Without LSM specific knowledge, the default policy can only be
* written in terms of .action, .func, .mask, .fsmagic, and .uid
*/
+
+/*
+ * The minimum rule set to allow for full TCB coverage. Measures all files
+ * opened or mmap for exec and everything read by root. Dangerous because
+ * normal users can easily run the machine out of memory simply building
+ * and running executables.
+ */
static struct ima_measure_rule_entry default_rules[] = {
{.action = DONT_MEASURE,.fsmagic = PROC_SUPER_MAGIC,.flags = IMA_FSMAGIC},
{.action = DONT_MEASURE,.fsmagic = SYSFS_MAGIC,.flags = IMA_FSMAGIC},
@@ -59,6 +67,8 @@ static struct ima_measure_rule_entry default_rules[] = {
.flags = IMA_FUNC | IMA_MASK},
{.action = MEASURE,.func = BPRM_CHECK,.mask = MAY_EXEC,
.flags = IMA_FUNC | IMA_MASK},
+ {.action = MEASURE,.func = PATH_CHECK,.mask = MAY_READ,.uid = 0,
+ .flags = IMA_FUNC | IMA_MASK | IMA_UID},
};

static LIST_HEAD(measure_default_rules);
@@ -67,6 +77,14 @@ static struct list_head *ima_measure;

static DEFINE_MUTEX(ima_measure_mutex);

+static bool ima_use_tcb __initdata;
+static int __init default_policy_setup(char *str)
+{
+ ima_use_tcb = 1;
+ return 1;
+}
+__setup("ima_tcb", default_policy_setup);
+
/**
* ima_match_rules - determine whether an inode matches the measure rule.
* @rule: a pointer to a rule
@@ -162,9 +180,15 @@ int ima_match_policy(struct inode *inode, enum ima_hooks func, int mask)
*/
void __init ima_init_policy(void)
{
- int i;
+ int i, entries;
+
+ /* if !ima_use_tcb set entries = 0 so we load NO default rules */
+ if (ima_use_tcb)
+ entries = ARRAY_SIZE(default_rules);
+ else
+ entries = 0;

- for (i = 0; i < ARRAY_SIZE(default_rules); i++)
+ for (i = 0; i < entries; i++)
list_add_tail(&default_rules[i].list, &measure_default_rules);
ima_measure = &measure_default_rules;
}


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