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Re: two sets of fs_watch/fs_inode messages?

On Wednesday 10 August 2005 15:14, Linda Knippers wrote:
> >>I'm running the sample CAPP rules with the .87 kernel and 1.0.1
> >>audit tools.  I'm seeing duplicate watch/inode messages sometimes.
> > 
> > Did this happen in previous kernels? .85 or .80 for example.
> I just tried .77 and .81 (what I had handy on my system) and it does the
> same on both of those.

I haven't been able to spend any time on this issue, but I don't necessarily 
consider it a critical issue or anything that needs immediate attention.  With
the new fswatch framework and auditfs piece the first half of this problem is
addressed and the second half does not [yet] exist.

What needs to happen and does happen in the new framework is that the
aux linked-list on the audit_context is walked and checked for the FS_INODE.
If it exists, the watch is added to that FS_INODE, otherwise a new FS_INODE
on the aux list and the watch is added to it.  This effectively consolidates 
all watches to one corresponding FS_INODE entry.  

Now, the second half of the problem, reporting identical FS_WATCHes is non-
existant in the new audit framework currently due to the "fsnotify"-like 
hooks.  What we're seeing now is the same hook being hit multiple times in 
the same code path because this system was designed around hook 
consolidation.  This might become a problem if we add an "fsnotify"-like hook 
to critical functions like permission() which might be called multiple times 
in the same code path (hooking this function might not even be needed 
though).  In the event that we do introduce the possibility of duplication, 
the record should probably be discarded.  This could be kind of expensive 
having to first walk the aux list and then walk the FS_INODE's watch list 
comparing fields.


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