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SubjectRE: [PATCH v5 1/2] x86/speculation: apply IBPB more strictly to avoid cross-process data leak
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jiri Kosina [mailto:jikos@kernel.org]
> Sent: Monday, September 10, 2018 12:14 PM
> To: Schaufler, Casey <casey.schaufler@intel.com>
> Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>; Ingo Molnar <mingo@redhat.com>;
> Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org>; Josh Poimboeuf
> <jpoimboe@redhat.com>; Andrea Arcangeli <aarcange@redhat.com>;
> Woodhouse, David <dwmw@amazon.co.uk>; Andi Kleen <ak@linux.intel.com>;
> Tim Chen <tim.c.chen@linux.intel.com>; linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org;
> x86@kernel.org
> Subject: RE: [PATCH v5 1/2] x86/speculation: apply IBPB more strictly to avoid
> cross-process data leak
>
> On Mon, 10 Sep 2018, Schaufler, Casey wrote:
>
> > Why are you dropping the LSM check here, when in v4 you fixed the
> > SELinux audit locking issue? We can avoid introducing an LSM hook
> > and all the baggage around it if you can do the
> security_ptrace_access_check()
> > here.
>
> So what guarantees that none of the hooks that
> security_ptrace_access_check() is invoking will not be taking locks (from
> scheduler context in this case)?

The locking issue in the security modules is the same regardless of
whether the call of security_ptrace_access_check() comes from the
__ptrace_access_check() you're adding here or from a new security
hook (I have proposed security_task_safe_sidechannel) that gets added
in the same place later on. Adding a new hook results in duplication,
because there now has to be code that does exactly the same thing as
__ptrace_access_check() but without the new NOACCESS_CHECK mode.

Yes, It would require that this patch be tested against all the existing
security modules that provide a ptrace_access_check hook. It's not like
the security module writers don't have a bunch of locking issues to deal with.

> Thanks,
>
> --
> Jiri Kosina
> SUSE Labs

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