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Re: [Cluster-devel] [PATCH v5 13/21] evm: add evm_inode_post_init call in gfs2



Hi,

On Mon, 2011-05-16 at 11:50 -0400, Mimi Zohar wrote:
> On Mon, 2011-05-16 at 16:30 +0100, Steven Whitehouse wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > On Mon, 2011-05-16 at 10:45 -0400, Mimi Zohar wrote:
> > > After creating the initial LSM security extended attribute, call
> > > evm_inode_post_init_security() to create the 'security.evm'
> > > extended attribute.
> > > 
> > > Signed-off-by: Mimi Zohar <zohar us ibm com>
> > > ---
> > >  fs/gfs2/inode.c |   28 +++++++++++++++++++---------
> > >  1 files changed, 19 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)
> > > 
> > [snip]
> > > +	struct xattr lsm_xattr;
> > > +	struct xattr evm_xattr;
> > >  
> > >  	err = security_inode_init_security(&ip->i_inode, &dip->i_inode, qstr,
> > > -					   &name, &value, &len);
> > > +					   &lsm_xattr.name, &lsm_xattr.value,
> > > +					   &lsm_xattr.value_len);
> > >  
> > >  	if (err) {
> > >  		if (err == -EOPNOTSUPP)
> > > @@ -780,11 +781,20 @@ static int gfs2_security_init(struct gfs2_inode *dip, struct gfs2_inode *ip,
> > >  		return err;
> > >  	}
> > >  
> > > -	err = __gfs2_xattr_set(&ip->i_inode, name, value, len, 0,
> > > -			       GFS2_EATYPE_SECURITY);
> > > -	kfree(value);
> > > -	kfree(name);
> > > -
> > > +	err = __gfs2_xattr_set(&ip->i_inode, lsm_xattr.name, lsm_xattr.value,
> > > +			       lsm_xattr.value_len, 0, GFS2_EATYPE_SECURITY);
> > > +	if (err < 0)
> > > +		goto out;
> > > +	err = evm_inode_post_init_security(&ip->i_inode, &lsm_xattr,
> > > +					   &evm_xattr);
> > > +	if (err)
> > > +		goto out;
> > > +	err = __gfs2_xattr_set(&ip->i_inode, evm_xattr.name, evm_xattr.value,
> > > +			       evm_xattr.value_len, 0, GFS2_EATYPE_SECURITY);
> > > +	kfree(evm_xattr.value);
> > > +out:
> > > +	kfree(lsm_xattr.name);
> > > +	kfree(lsm_xattr.value);
> > >  	return err;
> > >  }
> > >  
> > 
> > Just wondering whether we could have a single call to the security
> > subsystem which returns a vector of xattrs rather than having to call
> > two different functions?
> > 
> > Steve.
> 
> There are a number of places that the LSM function is called immediately
> followed by either EVM/IMA.  In each of those places it is hidden from
> the caller by calling the security_inode_XXX_security().  In this case
> each fs has it's own method of creating an extended attribute.  If that
> method could be passed to security_inode_init_security, then
> security_inode_init_security() could call both the LSM and EVM functions
> directly.
> 
> Mimi
> 

I'm still not quite sure I understand... from a (very brief) look at the
paper, it seems that what you are trying to do is add a new xattr to
inodes which has some hash of some of the inode metadata (presumably
including the selinux xattr and some other fields).

I'm not sure why it matters whether the selinux data has been written to
the buffers before the xattr containing the hash? The data will not
change (I hope!) and if it does presumably the hash will pick that up
when it is checked at a later date?

The reason I'm asking is that currently the creation of GFS2 inodes is
broken down into a number of transactions, carefully designed to ensure
that the correct clean up occurs if there is an error. I would like to
try and reduce the number of transactions during the create process
where possible. That means I would like to move to a model which looks
like this:

1. Calculate number of blocks required, based on inode + xattrs (if any)
2. Allocate blocks
3. Populate with data (i.e. set xattrs)

I'm trying to work out whether there is some reason why we have to use
your proposed:

1. Get selinux xattr
2. Set selinux xattr
3. Get EVM xattr
4. Set EVM xattr

as opposed to getting all the xattrs in a single call and then being
able to set them all in a single operation, if that makes sense?

Steve.



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