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Re: [PATCH 2/2] Audit: remove the limit on execve arguments when audit is running

On Monday 08 October 2007 15:45:57 Klaus Weidner wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 05, 2007 at 11:11:27AM -0400, Eric Paris wrote:
> > My belief is that the solution to this problem is to allow audit to
> > break individual arguments down to a size <8k.  I guess my syntax would
> > be something like
> >
> > a0[0]=(first 8k of a single huge argument)
> > a0[1]=(second 8k of a single huge argument)
> [...]
> > who has a problem with that syntax?  will userspace puke?
> I'm a bit worried about special audit record formats that aren't
> generally seen in normal operation, since that's an obstacle to
> testability.

Well, I take this one to be the same as PATH records. Sometimes you get 1, 
sometimes 2, sometimes 3.

> The ASCII audit format encourages an ad-hoc parsing approach, and it's
> likely that tools other than the shipped ones won't be able to handle this
> and will break unexpectedly, possibly offering avenues to hide events with
> unusual records. (I know that people are supposed to use the parsing
> library, but they aren't being forced to.)

I also doubt people doing adhoc parsing know the encoding scheme either. So, 
they will hit a problem sooner or later.

> Would there be a clean way to handle this kind of reassembly in auditd to
> ensure that the on-disk record will continue to be in the currently
> documented format?

Well, the record size limit affects realtime interface programs too. They 
would all need to be recompiled to handle a bigger record.

> Or is there a way to strongly encourage people to keep their hands off the
> raw audit logs and use documented interfaces that take care of the
> conversions?

I suppose I could add a note to the daemon's man page. SE Linux has given the 
logs a special type and as long as you are not in an unconfined domain, you 
shouldn't be able to access it.


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