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Re: Proposal: Improving SELinux <--> user interaction on Fedora - Kerneloops for SELinux



On Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 11:06 AM, max <maximilianbianco gmail com> wrote:
> Arthur Pemberton wrote:
>>
>> On Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 9:15 AM, Gilboa Davara <gilboad gmail com> wrote:
>>>
>>> On Thu, 2008-07-17 at 17:03 -0400, Casey Dahlin wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Ahmed Kamal wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> another idea, is when a denial occurs, and we get this nice balloon,
>>>>> it would contain 2 buttons
>>>>> - AutoFix: automatically attempts changing the offending file's
>>>>> context, as per the recommended action
>>>>>
>>>> This is a sharp edge for users to cut themselves on. It would be nice if
>>>> we would detect when the error was a result of inconsistencies though
>>>> (such as the file label not matching policy).
>>>>
>>>> IMHO, we should be able to do the following:
>>>>
>>>> - We should have exempt, which ignores the denial for now. It also flags
>>>> the issue upstream. Denial messages for the exempt process are then
>>>> rerouted to a safe place.
>>>> - Whenever policy-kit is updated, the exemptions are reevaluated and
>>>> removed if they should be addressed.
>>>> - We should come up with some secure way of quickly propagating
>>>> information about known selinux issues, so that denial warnings can be
>>>> suppressed until a fix is available
>>>> - There should be more graphical tools for manipulating policy itself.
>>>> The user should be able to see a list of local policy exceptions they
>>>> have made.
>>>>
>>>> --CJD
>>>>
>>> Couldn't exempt be (ab)used to an attacker if/when it becomes common
>>> knowledge?
>>
>> Through social engineering, yes. That's why it's a terrible solution,
>> but I'm not sure there is any good way around it.
>>
> Don't implement it or if you do make that nonsense optional and not the
> default. Everyone wants things to be simpler, there is no easy way out.
> System security is not something simple.  Developer's continue to indulge in
> running permissive or turning SELinux off entirely, all this accomplishes is
> to make it take longer to establish good policy, SELinux isn't going
> anywhere. People need to get used to it. There are a number of tools
> available to troubleshoot any issue but nobody seems to want to use any of
> them. The kerneloops for SELinux is a good idea but it isn't going to
> instantly solve anyone's problems. All those reports still have to sorted
> and reviewed to determine how to fix policy to suit the majority of users,
> it still may take weeks to sort it all out. People often are not even trying
> the fixes suggested by SETroubleshoot. SETroubleshoot does a good job of
> suggesting fixes. Audit2allow is great for this until upstream can figure
> out how to work it out. All this talk of allow/deny buttons is absolute
> insanity and it will ruin one of the few useful security tools that exist.
>
> -Max

Most of the discussion was around a "Fix" button though.

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