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Subject[PATCH v3] LSM: Enable multiple calls to security_add_hooks() for the same LSM
The commit d69dece5f5b6 ("LSM: Add /sys/kernel/security/lsm") extend
security_add_hooks() with a new parameter to register the LSM name,
which may be useful to make the list of currently loaded LSM available
to userspace. However, there is no clean way for an LSM to split its
hook declarations into multiple files, which may reduce the mess with
all the included files (needed for LSM hook argument types) and make the
source code easier to review and maintain.

This change allows an LSM to register multiple times its hook while
keeping a consistent list of LSM names as described in
Documentation/security/LSM.txt . The list reflects the order in which
checks are made. This patch only check for the last registered LSM. If
an LSM register multiple times its hooks, interleaved with other LSM
registrations (which should not happen), its name will still appear in
the same order that the hooks are called, hence multiple times.

To sum up, "capability,selinux,foo,foo" will be replaced with
"capability,selinux,foo", however "capability,foo,selinux,foo" will
remain as is.

Signed-off-by: Mickaël Salaün <>
Cc: Casey Schaufler <>
Cc: James Morris <>
Cc: Kees Cook <>
Cc: Serge E. Hallyn <>
Cc: Tetsuo Handa <>
security/security.c | 19 +++++++++++++++++++
1 file changed, 19 insertions(+)

diff --git a/security/security.c b/security/security.c
index 549bddcc2116..54b1e395978a 100644
--- a/security/security.c
+++ b/security/security.c
@@ -25,6 +25,7 @@
#include <linux/mount.h>
#include <linux/personality.h>
#include <linux/backing-dev.h>
+#include <linux/string.h>
#include <net/flow.h>

@@ -86,6 +87,21 @@ static int __init choose_lsm(char *str)
__setup("security=", choose_lsm);

+static bool match_last_lsm(const char *list, const char *lsm)
+ const char *last;
+ if (WARN_ON(!list || !lsm))
+ return false;
+ last = strrchr(list, ',');
+ if (last)
+ /* Pass the comma, strcmp() will check for '\0' */
+ last++;
+ else
+ last = list;
+ return !strcmp(last, lsm);
static int lsm_append(char *new, char **result)
char *cp;
@@ -93,6 +109,9 @@ static int lsm_append(char *new, char **result)
if (*result == NULL) {
*result = kstrdup(new, GFP_KERNEL);
} else {
+ /* Check if it is the last registered name */
+ if (match_last_lsm(*result, new))
+ return 0;
cp = kasprintf(GFP_KERNEL, "%s,%s", *result, new);
if (cp == NULL)
return -ENOMEM;
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