Re: [PATCH v4 4/5] evm: Align evm_inode_init_security() definition with LSM infrastructure

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On Fri, 2022-11-18 at 10:30 +0100, Roberto Sassu wrote:
> On 11/17/2022 6:07 PM, Mimi Zohar wrote:
> > On Thu, 2022-11-10 at 10:46 +0100, Roberto Sassu wrote:
> >> From: Roberto Sassu <roberto.sassu@xxxxxxxxxx>
> >>
> >> Change the evm_inode_init_security() definition to align with the LSM
> >> infrastructure, in preparation for moving IMA and EVM to that
> >> infrastructure.
> >>
> >> This requires passing only the xattr array allocated by
> >> security_inode_init_security(), instead of the first LSM xattr and the
> >> place where the EVM xattr should be filled.
> >>
> >> It also requires positioning after the last filled xattr (by checking the
> >> xattr name), since the beginning of the xattr array is given.
> > 
> > Perhaps combine this sentence to the previous paragraph and start the
> > sentence with
> > "In lieu of passing the EVM xattr, ..."
> Ok.
> >> If EVM is moved to the LSM infrastructure, it will use the xattr
> >> reservation mechanism too, i.e. it positions itself in the xattr array with
> >> the offset given by the LSM infrastructure.
> > 
> > The LSM infrastructure will need to support EVM as the last LSM.  Is
> > there a reason for including this comment in this patch description.
> The idea is to first make EVM work like other LSMs, and then add 
> limitations that are EVM-specific.
> As a regular LSM, EVM could be placed anywhere in the list of LSMs. This 
> would mean that whenever EVM is called, it will process xattrs that are 
> set by previous LSMs, not the subsequent ones.
> What we would need to do EVM-specific is that EVM is the last in the 
> list of LSMs, to ensure that all xattrs are protected.
> >> Finally, make evm_inode_init_security() return value compatible with the
> >> inode_init_security hook conventions, i.e. return -EOPNOTSUPP if it is not
> >> setting an xattr.
> > 
> >> EVM is a bit tricky, because xattrs is both an input and an output. If it
> >> was just output, EVM should have returned zero if xattrs is NULL. But,
> >> since xattrs is also input, EVM is unable to do its calculations, so return
> >> -EOPNOTSUPP and handle this error in security_inode_init_security().
> >>
> >> Don't change the return value in the inline function
> >> evm_inode_init_security() in include/linux/evm.h, as the function will be
> >> removed if EVM is moved to the LSM infrastructure.
> >>
> >> Last note, this patch does not fix a possible crash if the xattr array is
> >> empty (due to calling evm_protected_xattr() with a NULL argument). It will
> >> be fixed with 'evm: Support multiple LSMs providing an xattr', as it will
> >> first ensure that the xattr name is not NULL before calling
> >> evm_protected_xattr().
> > 
> >  From my reading of the code, although there might be multiple LSM
> > xattrs, this patch only includes the first LSM xattr in the security
> > EVM calculation.  So it only checks the first xattr's name.  Support
> > for including multiple LSM xattrs in the EVM hmac calculation is added
> > in the subsequent patch.
> I tried to include in this patch just the function definition change and 
> keep the existing behavior.

That's fine.
> The problem is trying to access xattr->name at the beginning of 
> evm_inode_init_security().
> That would disappear in patch 5, where there is a loop checking 
> xattr->value first. Patch 3 disallows combination of NULL name - !NULL 
> value and !NULL name - NULL value. Not sure if the latter is correct 
> (empty xattr?). Will check what callers do.

My comments here and above were for improving the patch description:
- Just say what this patch is doing, not what subsequent changes will
do in the future.  We'll come to that when the time comes.

- Say something only the lines that this patch includes only one LSM
security xattr in the EVM calculation, like previously.



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