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SubjectRe: [RFC][Patch 2/6] integrity: fs hook placement
Quoting Stephen Smalley (sds@tycho.nsa.gov):
> On Thu, 2007-03-08 at 12:01 -0600, Serge E. Hallyn wrote:
> > Quoting Chris Wright (chrisw@sous-sol.org):
> > > * Serge E. Hallyn (serue@us.ibm.com) wrote:
> > > > Are you objecting only to the duplication at the callsites, so that an
> > > > fsnotify-type of consolidation of security and integrity hooks would be
> > > > ok? Or are you complaining that the security_inode_setxattr and
> > > > integrity_inode_setxattr hooks are too similar anyway, and integrity
> > > > modules should just use some lsm hooks for anything which will be
> > > > authoritative?
> > >
> > > It's duplication of callsites with many identical implementations
> > > that's the problem.
> >
> > Yes it's ugly...
> >
> > But I guess it gets a point across :)
> >
> > > > (I could see an argument that integirty subsystem should be purely for
> > > > measuring and hence its hooks should never return a value. Only hitch
> > > > there is that if integrity subsystem hits ENOMEM it should be able to
> > > > refuse the action...)
> > >
> > > Right, that's what I was expecting to see, just the measurement
> > > infrastructure.
> >
> > So what you are saying is EVM would stay an LSM, with a cooperating
> > integrity subsystem *just* doing measurements?
> >
> > That's kind of what i was expecting too, however that doesn't fit as
> > well with the idea that an integrity subsystem prevents the need for lsm
> > stacking. I think the idea was that evm would still be able to enforce
> > integrity of selinux xattrs without it stack with selinux. So I can see
> > where this approach came from.
>
> The enforcement mechanism should be directly integrated into SELinux,
> not stacked as a separate module.

And a big plus of splitting it up as I was describing is that anyone
who wanted could make use of the measurement module to add such
functionality to SELinux, as an alternative to the EVM LSM module.

-serge
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