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Re: Performance of libauparse

On Wednesday 01 October 2008 9:15:27 am Eric Paris wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-09-30 at 15:18 -0400, John Dennis wrote:
> > Eric likes to point out we can't change the
> > kernel
> Close, but not quite.  I say we can't change the kernel without
> complete backwards compatibility.  Show me the right solution and we
> can get there, we just can't throw away what's already there.

Not really aimed at anyone in particular, just throwing out a possible 
solution ...

 1. By default kernel starts up and emits existing string format, legacy
    audit daemons function normally
 2. If a new audit daemon starts it sends a message to the kernel
    indicating that it can handle the new format and the kernel starts
    emitting newly formatted records[1]
 3. The new audit daemon records the audit records in whatever format it
    is configured to so: legacy string format, raw binary format, and/or
    some wacky format yet to be invented[2]

[1] The new record format should probably a binary format which makes 
use of netlink attributes, this would avoid much of the string parsing 
and versioning problems we have seen previously.  There is ample 
evidence of kernel subsystems using netlink in a similar fashion 

[2] If done carefully, we might be able to allow administrators to 
create their own on-disk string formats without the need to write an 
entire dispatcher plug-in.

paul moore
linux @ hp

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