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SubjectRe: [PATCH] security: move LSM xattrnames to xattr.h
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On Wednesday, November 03, 2010 01:38:33 pm Mimi Zohar wrote:
> > > As long as we're making this change, should 'security' also be defined
> > > outside of the __kernel__ definitions?
> >
> > I guess no one fixed this before 2.6.36 was finalized. Removing the
> > define has broke user space compilation for anything that works on file
> > based capabilities. I can define it myself, but if the kernel folks ever
> > change the string, then we have more than just a compile problem, we
> > have runtime problems because I can no longer use the correct string.
> >
> > So, what was the gain for breaking user space?
> >
> > -Steve
>
> Sorry I dropped the ball. Was expecting some kind of response to my
> question above, and then forgot about it.
>
> All of the 'security' xattrs were moved to fsmagic.h, including
> capability. Not only those that EVM protects, but others like
> XATTR_NAME_SMACKIPIN/OUT (based on Casey's request).

If user space has to know the exact contents of a string in order to do something that
the kernel understands, then its part of a public API. I've made my own define and
released a new copy of libcap-ng. So, if the contents of the string ever change, or
becomes deprecated, you'll now have user space apps using the old values no matter
what.

-Steve


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