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Subject[PATCH v1 1/3] capabilities: introduce CAP_SYS_PERFMON to kernel and user space
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Introduce CAP_SYS_PERFMON capability dedicated to secure performance
monitoring activity so that CAP_SYS_PERFMON would assist CAP_SYS_ADMIN
capability in its governing role for perf_events based performance
monitoring of a system.

CAP_SYS_PERFMON aims to harden system security and integrity during
performance monitoring by decreasing attack surface that is available
to CAP_SYS_ADMIN privileged processes.

CAP_SYS_PERFMON aims to take over CAP_SYS_ADMIN credentials related to
performance monitoring functionality of perf_events and balance amount of
CAP_SYS_ADMIN credentials in accordance with the recommendations provided in
the man page for CAP_SYS_ADMIN [3]: "Note: this capability is overloaded;
see Notes to kernel developers, below."

Signed-off-by: Alexey Budankov <alexey.budankov@linux.intel.com>
---
include/uapi/linux/capability.h | 10 +++++++++-
security/selinux/include/classmap.h | 4 ++--
2 files changed, 11 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/include/uapi/linux/capability.h b/include/uapi/linux/capability.h
index 240fdb9a60f6..c9514f034be1 100644
--- a/include/uapi/linux/capability.h
+++ b/include/uapi/linux/capability.h
@@ -366,8 +366,16 @@ struct vfs_ns_cap_data {

#define CAP_AUDIT_READ 37

+/*
+ * Allow usage of perf_event_open() syscall (perf_events subsystem):
+ * http://man7.org/linux/man-pages/man2/perf_event_open.2.html
+ * beyond the scope permitted by perf_event_paranoid kernel setting.
+ * See Documentation/admin-guide/perf-security.rst for more information.
+ */
+
+#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

--
2.20.1
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