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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/4] integrity: Linux Integrity Module(LIM)
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On Tue, 2008-08-12 at 16:19 -0500, Serge E. Hallyn wrote: 
> Quoting Christoph Hellwig (hch@infradead.org):
> > On Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 12:02:55PM -0500, Serge E. Hallyn wrote:
> > > > > Sorry, but I don't think we can bloat the inode even further for this.
> > > >
> > > > The original version of IMA was LSM based, using i_security. Based
> > > > on discussions on the LSM mailing list, it was decided that the LSM hooks
> > > > were meant only for access control. During the same time frame, there
> > > > was a lot of work done in stacking LSM modules and i_security, but that
> > > > approach was dropped. It was suggested that we define a separate set of
> > > > hooks for integrity, which this patch set provides. Caching integrity
> > > > results is an important aspect. Any suggestions in lieu of defining
> > > > i_integrity?
> > >
> > > The i_integrity is only bloating the inode if LIM is enabled. Surely
> > > that beats having LIM define its own hash table and locking to track
> > > integrity labels on inodes? Do you have another suggestion?
> > >
> > > Or is the concern about having more #ifdefs in the struct inode
> > > definition?
> >
> > No, the concern is over bloating the inode for a rather academic fringe
> > feature. As this comes from IBM I'm pretty sure someone will pressure
> > the big distro to turn it on.
>
> By default?? I should hope not...
>
> Note that these are all not loadable modules. So presumably either it's
> in the kernel and enforcing, or it's not there.
>
> > And inode growth is a concern for
> > fileserving or other inode heavy workload. Mimi mentioned this is just
> > a cache of information, so consider using something like XFS's mru cache
> > which is used for something similar where the xfs_inode was kept small
> > despite a very niche feature needing a cache attached to the inode:
> >
> > fs/xfs/xfs_mru_cache.c
>
> ok, so basically as I said above
>
> > > ... having LIM define its own hash table and locking to track
> > > integrity labels on inodes?
>
> :)
>
> But then that is in fact the better way to go if there can be a lot
> of inodes with i_integrity=NULL. It looks like IMA always allocates
> something, but if I understand the idea behind templates correctly,
> that isn't necessarily always the case.
>
> thanks,
> -serge

IMA has a two stage initialization, one at security_initcall() and
another at late_initcall(), when the tpm is available, to make sure
that all inode's i_integrity are allocated.

Multiple templates can register themselves with LIM, but only one
integrity provider, such as IMA, can register itself at a time. So
hypothetically, other integrity providers could be implemented
without a need for i_integrity.

Mimi



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