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SubjectRe: [PATCH security-next v5 00/30] LSM: Explict ordering
On 10/11/2018 04:09 PM, Kees Cook wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 3:58 PM, Jordan Glover
> <> wrote:
>> On Thursday, October 11, 2018 7:57 PM, Kees Cook <> wrote:
>>> To switch to SELinux at boot time with
>>> "CONFIG_LSM=yama,loadpin,integrity,apparmor", the old way continues to
>>> work:
>>> selinux=1 security=selinux
>>> This will work still, since it will enable selinux (selinux=1) and
>>> disable all other major LSMs (security=selinux).
>>> The new way to enable selinux would be using
>>> "lsm=yama,loadpin,integrity,selinux".
>> It seems to me that legacy way is more user friendly than the new one.
>> AppArmor and SElinux are households names but the rest may be enigmatic
>> for most users and the need for explicit passing them all may be
>> troublesome. Especially when the new ones like sara,landlock or cows :)
>> will be incoming. Moreover to knew what you have to pass there, you need
>> to look at CONFIG_LSM in kernel config (which will vary across distros
>> and also mean copy-paste from the web source may won't work as expected)
>> which again most users don't do.
>> I think there is risk that users will end up with "lsm=selinux" without
>> realizing that they may disable something along the way.
>> I would prefer for "lsm=" to work as override to "CONFIG_LSM=" with
>> below assumptions:
>> I. lsm="$lsm" will append "$lsm" at the end of string. Before extreme
>> stacking it will also remove the other major (explicit) lsm from it.
>> II. lsm="!$lsm" will remove "$lsm" from the string.
>> III. If "$lsm" already exist in the string, it's moved at the end of it
>> (this will cover ordering).
> We've had things sort of like this proposed, but if you can convince
> James and others, I'm all for it. I think the standing objection from
> James and John about this is that the results of booting with
> "lsm=something" ends up depending on CONFIG_LSM= for that distro. So
> you end up with different behaviors instead of a consistent behavior
> across all distros.

Its certainly a point that could confuse the user. I do have concerns
about it, but not something that is on a must haves list

> Now, in the future blob and extreme stacking world, having the
> explicit lsm= list shouldn't be too bad since LSMs will effectively
> ALL be initialized -- but they'll be inactive since they have no
> policy loaded.

you are more optimistic about this than I am, but there will be at
least some movement towards this.

> But I still agree with you: I'd like a friendlier way to
> disable/enable specific LSMs, but an explicit lsm= seems to be the
> only way.

Hrmmm, I don't know about the only way, but a way to provide the
explicit list, and also set a specific set as the default in the
Kconfig is a hard requirement.

The initial lsm.ebable, lsm.disable had too many issues, and for
various reasons I never managed to get back to kees' proposal
for using +.

That said, I do think the right approach for the initial pass is
the explicit list. It moves the arguments to the side and allows
this work to move forward.

>> It's possible that something lime this was discussed already
>> but without full examples it was hard to me for tracking things.
> It's been a painful thread. ;)


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