Re: [PATCH v5 0/6] evm: Prepare for moving to the LSM infrastructure

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On Wed, 2022-11-23 at 07:28 -0500, Mimi Zohar wrote:
> Hi Roberto,
> On Wed, 2022-11-23 at 10:51 +0100, Roberto Sassu wrote:
> > From: Roberto Sassu <roberto.sassu@xxxxxxxxxx>
> > 
> > One of the challenges that must be tackled to move IMA and EVM to the LSM
> > infrastructure is to ensure that EVM is capable to correctly handle
> > multiple stacked LSMs providing an xattr at file creation. At the moment,
> > there are few issues that would prevent a correct integration. This patch
> > set aims at solving them.
> Let's take a step back and understand the purpose of this patch set. 
> Regardless of whether IMA and EVM are moved to the "LSM
> infrastructure", EVM needs to support per LSM xattrs.  A side affect is
> the removal of the security_old_inode_init_security hook.  This patch
> set cover letter and patch descriptions should be limited to EVM
> support for per LSM (multiple) xattrs.  The motivation, concerns, and
> problems of making IMA and EVM LSMs will be documented in the patch set
> that actual makes them LSMs.  Please remove all references to "move IMA
> and EVM to the LSM infrastructure".

Hi Mimi

ok, will do.

> When EVM was upstreamed, there were filesystem limitations on the
> number and size of the extended attributes.  In addition there were
> performance concerns, which resulted in staging the LSM, IMA and EVM
> xattrs, before calling initxattrs to write them at the same time.  With
> this patch set, not only are per LSM xattrs supported, but multiple per
> LSM xattrs are supported as well.  Have the size limitation concerns
> been addressed by the different filesystems?   If not, then at minimum
> this patch set needs to at least mention it and the possible
> ramifications.

With your patch, 9d8f13ba3f483 ("security: new
security_inode_init_security API adds function callback") you made it
possible to set multiple xattrs at inode creation time.

This patch set pushes further to the limits, as there could be more
xattrs to be added to the inode. I will mention that.

If there are too many xattrs, I guess the only solution would be to use
less LSMs, or a different filesystem. The per filesystem limit could be
increased separately case by case.



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