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SubjectRe: [PATCH security-next v4 23/32] selinux: Remove boot parameter
On Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 7:58 AM, Stephen Smalley <sds@tycho.nsa.gov> wrote:
> On 10/02/2018 10:44 AM, Kees Cook wrote:
>>
>> On Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 6:42 AM, Stephen Smalley <sds@tycho.nsa.gov> wrote:
>>>
>>> On 10/02/2018 08:12 AM, Paul Moore wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Mon, Oct 1, 2018 at 9:04 PM Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> Since LSM enabling is now centralized with CONFIG_LSM_ENABLE and
>>>>> "lsm.enable=...", this removes the LSM-specific enabling logic from
>>>>> SELinux.
>>>>>
>>>>> Signed-off-by: Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>
>>>>> ---
>>>>> .../admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt | 9 ------
>>>>> security/selinux/Kconfig | 29
>>>>> -------------------
>>>>> security/selinux/hooks.c | 15 +---------
>>>>> 3 files changed, 1 insertion(+), 52 deletions(-)
>>>>>
>>>>> diff --git a/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt
>>>>> b/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt
>>>>> index cf963febebb0..0d10ab3d020e 100644
>>>>> --- a/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt
>>>>> +++ b/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt
>>>>> @@ -4045,15 +4045,6 @@
>>>>> loaded. An invalid security module name will
>>>>> be
>>>>> treated
>>>>> as if no module has been chosen.
>>>>>
>>>>> - selinux= [SELINUX] Disable or enable SELinux at boot
>>>>> time.
>>>>> - Format: { "0" | "1" }
>>>>> - See security/selinux/Kconfig help text.
>>>>> - 0 -- disable.
>>>>> - 1 -- enable.
>>>>> - Default value is set via kernel config option.
>>>>> - If enabled at boot time, /selinux/disable can
>>>>> be
>>>>> used
>>>>> - later to disable prior to initial policy load.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> No comments yet on the rest of the patchset, but the subject line of
>>>> this patch caught my eye and I wanted to comment quickly on this one
>>>> ...
>>>>
>>>> Not a fan unfortunately.
>>>>
>>>> Much like the SELinux bits under /proc/self/attr, this is a user
>>>> visible thing which has made its way into a lot of docs, scripts, and
>>>> minds; I believe removing it would be a big mistake.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Yes, we can't suddenly break existing systems that had selinux=0 in their
>>> grub config. We have to retain the support.
>>
>>
>> Is it okay to only support selinux=0 (instead of also selinux=1)?
>
>
> For Fedora/RHEL kernels, selinux=1 would be redundant since it is the
> default. However, in other distros where SELinux is not the default, I
> think they have documented selinux=1 as the way to enable SELinux. So users
> may be relying on that as well. I don't think we can safely drop support for
> either one. Sorry.

Okay. How would you like to resolve this? Should SELinux remain
"enable special", and AppArmor is okay to remove the LSM-specific
enabling?

The trouble is with handling CONFIG_LSM_ENABLE vs lsm.enable=... boot
param vs the SELinux bootparam. I.e. CONFIG_LSM_ENABLE is redundant to
SECURITY_SELINUX_BOOTPARAM_VALUE, and selinux= is redundant to
lsm.enable=. Specifically, how should the kernel distinguish between
the four settings?

-Kees

--
Kees Cook
Pixel Security

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