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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 1/7] capabilities: introduce CAP_SYS_PERFMON to kernel and user space
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On 12/16/19 2:14 AM, Alexey Budankov wrote:
>
> Introduce CAP_SYS_PERFMON capability devoted to secure system performance
> monitoring and observability operations so that CAP_SYS_PERFMON would assist
> CAP_SYS_ADMIN capability in its governing role for perf_events, i915_perf
> and other performance monitoring and observability subsystems of the kernel.
>
> CAP_SYS_PERFMON intends to harden system security and integrity during
> system performance monitoring and observability operations by decreasing
> attack surface that is available to CAP_SYS_ADMIN privileged processes.
>
> CAP_SYS_PERFMON intends to take over CAP_SYS_ADMIN credentials related to
> system performance monitoring and observability operations and balance amount
> of CAP_SYS_ADMIN credentials following with the recommendations provided
> in the capabilities man page [1] for CAP_SYS_ADMIN: "Note: this capability
> is overloaded; see Notes to kernel developers, below."
>
> [1] http://man7.org/linux/man-pages/man7/capabilities.7.html
>
> Signed-off-by: Alexey Budankov <alexey.budankov@linux.intel.com>

Acked-by: Stephen Smalley <sds@tycho.nsa.gov>

> ---
> include/uapi/linux/capability.h | 8 +++++++-
> security/selinux/include/classmap.h | 4 ++--
> 2 files changed, 9 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/include/uapi/linux/capability.h b/include/uapi/linux/capability.h
> index 240fdb9a60f6..7d1f8606c3e6 100644
> --- a/include/uapi/linux/capability.h
> +++ b/include/uapi/linux/capability.h
> @@ -366,8 +366,14 @@ struct vfs_ns_cap_data {
>
> #define CAP_AUDIT_READ 37
>
> +/*
> + * Allow system performance and observability privileged operations
> + * using perf_events, i915_perf and other kernel subsystems
> + */
> +
> +#define CAP_SYS_PERFMON 38
>
> -#define CAP_LAST_CAP CAP_AUDIT_READ
> +#define CAP_LAST_CAP CAP_SYS_PERFMON
>
> #define cap_valid(x) ((x) >= 0 && (x) <= CAP_LAST_CAP)
>
> diff --git a/security/selinux/include/classmap.h b/security/selinux/include/classmap.h
> index 7db24855e12d..bae602c623b0 100644
> --- a/security/selinux/include/classmap.h
> +++ b/security/selinux/include/classmap.h
> @@ -27,9 +27,9 @@
> "audit_control", "setfcap"
>
> #define COMMON_CAP2_PERMS "mac_override", "mac_admin", "syslog", \
> - "wake_alarm", "block_suspend", "audit_read"
> + "wake_alarm", "block_suspend", "audit_read", "sys_perfmon"
>
> -#if CAP_LAST_CAP > CAP_AUDIT_READ
> +#if CAP_LAST_CAP > CAP_SYS_PERFMON
> #error New capability defined, please update COMMON_CAP2_PERMS.
> #endif
>
>

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