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SubjectRe: [PATCH v22 00/24] Intel SGX foundations
> On Sep 15, 2019, at 10:24 PM, Jarkko Sakkinen <> wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 14, 2019 at 08:32:38AM -0700, Dave Hansen wrote:
>>>> On 9/14/19 6:41 AM, Jarkko Sakkinen wrote:
>>>> The proposed LSM hooks give the granularity to make yes/no decision
>>>> based on the
>>>> * The origin of the source of the source for the enclave.
>>>> * The requested permissions for the added or mapped peage.
>>>> The hooks to do these checks are provided for mmap() and EADD
>>>> operations.
>>>> With just file permissions you can still limit mmap() by having a
>>>> privileged process to build the enclaves and pass the file descriptor
>>>> to the enclave user who can mmap() the enclave within the constraints
>>>> set by the enclave pages (their permissions refine the roof that you
>>>> can mmap() any memory range within an enclave).
>> The LSM hooks are presumably fixing a problem that these patches
>> introduce. What's that problem?
> I've seen the claims that one would have to degrade one's LSM policy but
> I don't think that is true.
> With just UNIX permissions you have probably have to restrict the access
> to /dev/sgx/enclave to control who can build enclaves. The processes who
> do not have this privilege can mmap() the enclave once they get the file
> descriptor through forking or SCM_RIGHTS.

As the person who originally raised the issue, I feel like I should
rehash the issue:

Right now, using SELinux or probably other LSMs, it's straightforward
to prevent programs from having any executable pages whose contents
doesn't come from an approved (e.g. appropriately labeled) source.
With /dev/sgx/enclave, at least as initially designed, a process that
can open /dev/sgx/enclave can execute whatever bytes they want by
sticking them into an enclave. I fully expect that people will want
to combine these things: have unprivileged users run only
admin-approved code but *also* allow unprivileged users to run

> *If anything*, I would rather investigate possibility to use keyring for
> enclave signer's public keys or perhaps having extended attribute for
> the signer (SHA256) in the enclave file that could be compared during
> the EINIT.

The latter is very much like the labeled-enclave-file thing we talked about.

> I think either can be considered post-upstreaming.

Indeed, as long as the overall API is actually compatible with these
types of restrictions.

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