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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH ghak90 (was ghak32) V3 04/10] audit: add support for non-syscall auxiliary records
On Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 3:40 PM Richard Guy Briggs <rgb@redhat.com> wrote:
> On 2018-07-20 18:14, Paul Moore wrote:
> > On Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 1:01 PM Richard Guy Briggs <rgb@redhat.com> wrote:
> > > Standalone audit records have the timestamp and serial number generated
> > > on the fly and as such are unique, making them standalone. This new
> > > function audit_alloc_local() generates a local audit context that will
> > > be used only for a standalone record and its auxiliary record(s). The
> > > context is discarded immediately after the local associated records are
> > > produced.
> > >
> > > Signed-off-by: Richard Guy Briggs <rgb@redhat.com>
> > > ---
> > > include/linux/audit.h | 8 ++++++++
> > > kernel/auditsc.c | 25 +++++++++++++++++++++++--
> > > 2 files changed, 31 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

...

> > > + struct audit_context *context;
> > > +
> > > + if (!audit_ever_enabled)
> > > + return NULL; /* Return if not auditing. */
> > > +
> > > + context = audit_alloc_context(AUDIT_RECORD_CONTEXT);
> > > + if (!context)
> > > + return NULL;
> > > + context->serial = audit_serial();
> > > + context->ctime = current_kernel_time64();
> > > + context->in_syscall = 1;
> >
> > Setting in_syscall is both interesting and a bit troubling, if for no
> > other reason than I expect most (all?) callers to be in an interrupt
> > context when audit_alloc_local() is called. Setting in_syscall would
> > appear to be conceptually in this case. Can you help explain why this
> > is the right thing to do, or necessary to ensure things are handled
> > correctly?
>
> I'll admit this is cheating a bit, but seemed harmless. It is needed so
> that auditsc_get_stamp() from audit_get_stamp() from audit_log_start()
> doesn't bail on me without giving me its already assigned time and
> serial values rather than generating a new one. I did look to see if
> there were any other undesireable side effects and found none, so I'm
> tmepted to rename the ->in_syscall to something a bit more helpful. I
> could add a new audit_context structure member to make
> auditsc_get_stamp() co-operative, but this seems wasteful and
> unnecessary.

That's what I suspected.

Let's look into renaming the "in_syscall" field, it borderline
confusing now, and hijacking it for something which is very obviously
not "in syscall" is A Very Bad Thing.

--
paul moore
www.paul-moore.com

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