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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 13/21] evm: add evm_inode_post_init call in gfs2
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Hi,

On Wed, 2011-05-18 at 20:55 -0400, Mimi Zohar wrote:
> On Mon, 2011-05-16 at 12:25 -0700, Casey Schaufler wrote:
> > On 5/16/2011 11:48 AM, Mimi Zohar wrote:
> > > On Mon, 2011-05-16 at 11:23 -0700, Casey Schaufler wrote:
>
> > >> There is a very real possibility that multiple concurrent LSMs will
> > >> be supported before too long. Smack already uses multiple attributes
> > >> (SMACK64, SMACK64EXEC) on a file. Getting all the attributes in a
> > >> single call could result in an interface that requires parsing a
> > >> string argument, and we all know how popular those are. Introducing
> > >> an interface that we know isn't going to accommodate this upcoming
> > >> direction does not seem prudent.
> > > I would think that Smack would benefit from Steven's suggestion of
> > > returning an array of xattrs. Without his suggestion, I'm not sure how
> > > you are, or planning on, initializing multiple xattrs from a single LSM,
> > > unless of course you're not using security_inode_init_security().
> >
> > The good news is that Smack has one required attribute. The others
> > are for special purposes and will usually be absent. It is easy to
> > imagine an LSM that always uses multiple attributes on a given file.
> >
> > Yes, the array of xattr structures makes sense for any one LSM,
> > but there still needs to be the potential for multiple calls for
> > the multiple LSM case. I can't see that going away without a radical
> > LSM restructuring.
> >
> > > Multiple LSMs calling security_inode_init_security() will be an issue
> > > for EVM, as EVM assumes there is a single LSM xattr on which to base the
> > > initial hmac.
> >
> > That is far from the biggest issue with multiple LSMs, but is definitely
> > something to worry about.
>
> Ok. After thinking about this a bit more, moving
> evm_inode_init_security() into security_inode_init_security() only works
> for the single LSM and EVM case, but not for the multiple LSMs and EVM
> case, as the 'stacker' would call each LSM's
> security_inode_iint_security(). Having the 'stacker' return an array of
> xattrs would make sense and, at the same time, resolve the EVM issue. In
> evm_inode_post_init_security(), EVM could then walk the list of xattrs.
>
> Mimi
>
>
>
That sounds like a reasonable solution to me,

Steve.




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