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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 2/5] efi: Add embedded peripheral firmware support
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Hi,

On 23-04-18 23:11, Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
> Hans, please see use of READING_FIRMWARE_PREALLOC_BUFFER, we'll need a new ID
> and security for this type of request so IMA can reject it if the policy is
> configured for it.

Hmm, interesting, actually it seems like the whole existence
of READING_FIRMWARE_PREALLOC_BUFFER is a mistake, the IMA
framework really does not care if we are loading the firmware
into memory allocated by the firmware-loader code, or into
memory allocated by the device-driver requesting the firmware.

As such the current IMA code (from v4.17-rc2) actually does
not handle READING_FIRMWARE_PREALLOC_BUFFER at all, here
are bits of code from: security/integrity/ima/ima_main.c:

static int read_idmap[READING_MAX_ID] = {
[READING_FIRMWARE] = FIRMWARE_CHECK,
[READING_MODULE] = MODULE_CHECK,
[READING_KEXEC_IMAGE] = KEXEC_KERNEL_CHECK,
[READING_KEXEC_INITRAMFS] = KEXEC_INITRAMFS_CHECK,
[READING_POLICY] = POLICY_CHECK
};

int ima_post_read_file(struct file *file, void *buf, loff_t size,
...
if (!file && read_id == READING_FIRMWARE) {
if ((ima_appraise & IMA_APPRAISE_FIRMWARE) &&
(ima_appraise & IMA_APPRAISE_ENFORCE))
return -EACCES; /* INTEGRITY_UNKNOWN */
return 0;
}

Which show that the IMA code is not handling
READING_FIRMWARE_PREALLOC_BUFFER as it should (I believe it
should handle it the same as READING_FIRMWARE).

Now we could fix that, but the only user of
READING_FIRMWARE_PREALLOC_BUFFER is the code which originally
introduced it:

https://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/9162011/

So I believe it might be better to instead replace it
with just READING_FIRMWARE and find another way to tell
kernel_read_file() that there is a pre-allocated buffer,
perhaps the easiest way there is that *buf must be
NULL when the caller wants kernel_read_file() to
vmalloc the mem. This would of course require auditing
all callers that the buf which the pass in is initialized
to NULL.

Either way adding a third READING_FIRMWARE_FOO to the
kernel_read_file_id enum seems like a bad idea, from
the IMA pov firmware is firmware.

What this whole exercise has shown me though is that
I need to call security_kernel_post_read_file() when
loading EFI embedded firmware. I will add a call to
security_kernel_post_read_file() for v4 of the patch-set.

> Please Cc Kees in future patches.

Will do.

Regards,

Hans

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