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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v3 1/3] ima: extend clone() with IMA namespace support
On 04/18/2018 01:12 PM, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Mimi Zohar <> writes:
>> On Wed, 2018-04-18 at 09:09 -0700, John Johansen wrote:
>>> On 04/13/2018 09:25 AM, Mimi Zohar wrote:
>>>> [Cc'ing John Johansen]
>>>> On Tue, 2018-03-27 at 18:01 -0500, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>>>> [...]
>>>>> As such I expect the best way to create the ima namespace is by simply
>>>>> writing to securityfs/imafs. Possibly before the user namespace is
>>>>> even unshared. That would allow IMA to keep track of things from
>>>>> before a container is created.
>>> I do think this is generally the right approach for LSMs when looking
>>> forward to LSM stacking and more LSMs.
>>>> My initial thought was to stage IMA namespacing with just IMA-audit
>>>> first, followed by either IMA-measurement or IMA-appraisal.  This
>>>> would allow us to get the basic IMA namespacing framework working and
>>>> defer dealing with the securityfs related namespacing of the IMA
>>>> policy and measurement list issues to later.
>>>> By tying IMA namespacing to a securityfs ima/unshare file, we would
>>>> need to address the securityfs issues first.
>>> well it depends on what you want to do. It would be possible to have
>>> a simple file (not a jump link) within securityfs that IMA could use
>>> without having to deal with all the securityfs issues first. However it
>>> does require that securityfs (not necessarily imafs) be visible within
>>> the mount namespace of the task doing the setup.
>> Eric, would you be OK with that?
> Roughly. My understanding is that you have to have a write to some
> filesystem to set the ima policy.
> I was expecting having to write an "create ima namespace" value
> to the filesystem would not be any special effort.
> Now it sounds like providing the "create an ima namespace" is going to
> be a special case, and that does not sound correct.
not necessarily special case, but they do need to settle on an interface
that will work for them, and will work with the order they want to land
things. I was just trying to point out that there are fs solutions that
can work without having deal with the full securityfs/imafs namespacing
solution landing first.

While create a file directly in securityfs that lives along side the imafs
does feel like a special case. It could work

what I was thinking of when I proposed a simple is to do it within the ima
dir, say

For now its just a single file but once imafs becomes "virtualized" to a
namespace view, each dir that imafs jumplinks to contains a instance of the

Or they could avoid securityfs/imafs entirely and leverage a file in


currently those are claimed by the LSMs but new file could be added or
perhaps even better we could lift the some code from the LSM stacking work
to provide an ima specific dir


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