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SubjectRe: [PATCH] security: selinux: allow per-file labeling for bpffs
On 2/6/20 12:41 PM, Steven Moreland wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 6, 2020 at 9:35 AM Stephen Smalley <> wrote:
>> On 2/6/20 12:21 PM, Stephen Smalley wrote:
>>> On 2/6/20 11:55 AM, Steven Moreland wrote:
>>>> From: Connor O'Brien <>
>>>> Add support for genfscon per-file labeling of bpffs files. This allows
>>>> for separate permissions for different pinned bpf objects, which may
>>>> be completely unrelated to each other.
>>> Do you want bpf fs to also support userspace labeling of files via
>>> setxattr()? If so, you'll want to also add it to
>>> selinux_is_genfs_special_handling() as well.
> Android doesn't currently have this use case.
>>> The only caveat I would note here is that it appears that bpf fs
>>> supports rename, link, unlink, rmdir etc by userspace, which means that
>>> name-based labeling via genfscon isn't necessarily safe/stable. See
> Android restricts ownership of these files to a single process (bpfloader) and
> so this isn't a concern in our architecture. Is it a concern in general?

I guess if the inodes are pinned in memory, then only the original name
under which the file is created will be relevant to determining the
label and subsequent rename/link operations won't have any effect. So as
long as the bpfloader creates the files with the same names being
specified in policy, that should line up and be stable for the lifecycle
of the inode.

The alternative model is to have bpfloader look up a context from the
userspace file_contexts configuration via selabel_lookup(3) and friends,
and set it on the file explicitly. That's what e.g. ueventd does for
device nodes. However, one difference here is that you could currently
only do this via setxattr()/setfilecon() after creating the file so that
the file would temporarily exist in the default label for bpf fs, if
that matters. ueventd can instead use setfscreatecon(3) before creating
the file so that it is originally created in the right label but that
requires the filesystem to call security_inode_init_security() from its
function that originally creates the inode, which tmpfs/devtmpfs does
but bpf does not. So you'd have to add that to the bpf filesystem code
if you wanted to support setfscreatecon(3) on it.

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