Re: [PATCH v5 4/4] vduse: Add LSM hook to check Virtio device type

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On 12/18/23 18:33, Stephen Smalley wrote:
On Mon, Dec 18, 2023 at 12:21 PM Stephen Smalley
<> wrote:

On Tue, Dec 12, 2023 at 8:17 AM Maxime Coquelin
<maxime.coquelin@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

This patch introduces a LSM hook for devices creation,
destruction (ioctl()) and opening (open()) operations,
checking the application is allowed to perform these
operations for the Virtio device type.

Can you explain why the existing LSM hooks and SELinux implementation
are not sufficient? We already control the ability to open device
nodes via selinux_inode_permission() and selinux_file_open(), and can
support fine-grained per-cmd ioctl checking via selinux_file_ioctl().
And it should already be possible to label these nodes distinctly
through existing mechanisms (file_contexts if udev-created/labeled,
genfs_contexts if kernel-created). What exactly can't you do today
that this hook enables?

(added Ondrej to the distribution; IMHO we should swap him into
MAINTAINERS in place of Eric Paris since Eric has long-since moved on
from SELinux and Ondrej serves in that capacity these days)

Other items to consider:
- If vduse devices are created using anonymous inodes, then SELinux
grew a general facility for labeling and controlling the creation of
those via selinux_inode_init_security_anon().
- You can encode information about the device into its SELinux type
that then allows you to distinguish things like net vs block based on
the device's SELinux security context rather than encoding that in the
permission bits.

Got it, that seems indeed more appropriate than using persmission bits
for the device type.

- If you truly need new LSM hooks (which you need to prove first),
then you should pass some usable information about the object in
question to allow SELinux to find a security context for it. Like an
inode associated with the device, for example.


Thanks for the insights, I'll try and see if I can follow your
recommendations in a dedicated series.


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