[PATCH] LSM: Revive security_task_alloc() hook and per "struct task_struct" security blob.

Tetsuo Handa penguin-kernel at I-love.SAKURA.ne.jp
Fri Mar 24 11:46:33 UTC 2017

We switched from "struct task_struct"->security to "struct cred"->security
in Linux 2.6.29. But not all LSM modules were happy with that change.
TOMOYO LSM module is an example which want to use per "struct task_struct"
security blob, for TOMOYO's security context is defined based on "struct
task_struct" rather than "struct cred". AppArmor LSM module is another
example which want to use it, for AppArmor is currently abusing the cred
a little bit to store the change_hat and setexeccon info. Although
security_task_free() hook was revived in Linux 3.4 because Yama LSM module
wanted to release per "struct task_struct" security blob,
security_task_alloc() hook and "struct task_struct"->security field were
not revived. Nowadays, we are getting proposals of lightweight LSM modules
which want to use per "struct task_struct" security blob. PTAGS LSM module
and CaitSith LSM module which are currently under proposal for inclusion
also want to use it. Therefore, it will be time to revive
security_task_alloc() hook and "struct task_struct"->security field.

We are already allowing multiple concurrent LSM modules (up to one fully
armored module which uses "struct cred"->security field or exclusive hooks
like security_xfrm_state_pol_flow_match(), plus unlimited number of
lightweight modules which do not use "struct cred"->security nor exclusive
hooks) as long as they are built into the kernel. But this patch does not
implement variable length "struct task_struct"->security field which will
become needed when multiple LSM modules want to use "struct task_struct"->
security field. Although it won't be difficult to implement variable length
"struct task_struct"->security field, let's think about it after we merged
this patch.

Signed-off-by: Tetsuo Handa <penguin-kernel at I-love.SAKURA.ne.jp>
Acked-by: John Johansen <john.johansen at canonical.com>
Acked-by: Serge Hallyn <serge at hallyn.com>
Acked-by: Casey Schaufler <casey at schaufler-ca.com>
Tested-by: Djalal Harouni <tixxdz at gmail.com>
Cc: Paul Moore <paul at paul-moore.com>
Cc: Stephen Smalley <sds at tycho.nsa.gov>
Cc: Eric Paris <eparis at parisplace.org>
Cc: Kees Cook <keescook at chromium.org>
Cc: James Morris <james.l.morris at oracle.com>
Cc: José Bollo <jobol at nonadev.net>
 include/linux/init_task.h | 7 +++++++
 include/linux/lsm_hooks.h | 9 ++++++++-
 include/linux/sched.h     | 4 ++++
 include/linux/security.h  | 7 +++++++
 kernel/fork.c             | 7 ++++++-
 security/security.c       | 5 +++++
 6 files changed, 37 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/include/linux/init_task.h b/include/linux/init_task.h
index 91d9049..926f2f5 100644
--- a/include/linux/init_task.h
+++ b/include/linux/init_task.h
@@ -210,6 +210,12 @@
 # define INIT_TASK_TI(tsk)
+#define INIT_TASK_SECURITY .security = NULL,
  *  INIT_TASK is used to set up the first task table, touch at
  * your own risk!. Base=0, limit=0x1fffff (=2MB)
@@ -288,6 +294,7 @@
 	INIT_VTIME(tsk)							\
 	INIT_KASAN(tsk)							\
diff --git a/include/linux/lsm_hooks.h b/include/linux/lsm_hooks.h
index 54191cf..865c11d 100644
--- a/include/linux/lsm_hooks.h
+++ b/include/linux/lsm_hooks.h
@@ -533,8 +533,13 @@
  *	manual page for definitions of the @clone_flags.
  *	@clone_flags contains the flags indicating what should be shared.
  *	Return 0 if permission is granted.
+ * @task_alloc:
+ *	@task task being allocated.
+ *	@clone_flags contains the flags indicating what should be shared.
+ *	Handle allocation of task-related resources.
+ *	Returns a zero on success, negative values on failure.
  * @task_free:
- *	@task task being freed
+ *	@task task about to be freed.
  *	Handle release of task-related resources. (Note that this can be called
  *	from interrupt context.)
  * @cred_alloc_blank:
@@ -1482,6 +1487,7 @@
 	int (*file_open)(struct file *file, const struct cred *cred);
 	int (*task_create)(unsigned long clone_flags);
+	int (*task_alloc)(struct task_struct *task, unsigned long clone_flags);
 	void (*task_free)(struct task_struct *task);
 	int (*cred_alloc_blank)(struct cred *cred, gfp_t gfp);
 	void (*cred_free)(struct cred *cred);
@@ -1748,6 +1754,7 @@ struct security_hook_heads {
 	struct list_head file_receive;
 	struct list_head file_open;
 	struct list_head task_create;
+	struct list_head task_alloc;
 	struct list_head task_free;
 	struct list_head cred_alloc_blank;
 	struct list_head cred_free;
diff --git a/include/linux/sched.h b/include/linux/sched.h
index d67eee8..71b8df3 100644
--- a/include/linux/sched.h
+++ b/include/linux/sched.h
@@ -1038,6 +1038,10 @@ struct task_struct {
 	/* A live task holds one reference: */
 	atomic_t			stack_refcount;
+	/* Used by LSM modules for access restriction: */
+	void				*security;
 	/* CPU-specific state of this task: */
 	struct thread_struct		thread;
diff --git a/include/linux/security.h b/include/linux/security.h
index 97df7ba..af675b5 100644
--- a/include/linux/security.h
+++ b/include/linux/security.h
@@ -308,6 +308,7 @@ int security_file_send_sigiotask(struct task_struct *tsk,
 int security_file_receive(struct file *file);
 int security_file_open(struct file *file, const struct cred *cred);
 int security_task_create(unsigned long clone_flags);
+int security_task_alloc(struct task_struct *task, unsigned long clone_flags);
 void security_task_free(struct task_struct *task);
 int security_cred_alloc_blank(struct cred *cred, gfp_t gfp);
 void security_cred_free(struct cred *cred);
@@ -861,6 +862,12 @@ static inline int security_task_create(unsigned long clone_flags)
 	return 0;
+static inline int security_task_alloc(struct task_struct *task,
+				      unsigned long clone_flags)
+	return 0;
 static inline void security_task_free(struct task_struct *task)
 { }
diff --git a/kernel/fork.c b/kernel/fork.c
index 6c463c80..3d32513 100644
--- a/kernel/fork.c
+++ b/kernel/fork.c
@@ -1679,9 +1679,12 @@ static __latent_entropy struct task_struct *copy_process(
 		goto bad_fork_cleanup_perf;
 	/* copy all the process information */
-	retval = copy_semundo(clone_flags, p);
+	retval = security_task_alloc(p, clone_flags);
 	if (retval)
 		goto bad_fork_cleanup_audit;
+	retval = copy_semundo(clone_flags, p);
+	if (retval)
+		goto bad_fork_cleanup_security;
 	retval = copy_files(clone_flags, p);
 	if (retval)
 		goto bad_fork_cleanup_semundo;
@@ -1903,6 +1906,8 @@ static __latent_entropy struct task_struct *copy_process(
 	exit_files(p); /* blocking */
+	security_task_free(p);
diff --git a/security/security.c b/security/security.c
index 45af8fb..8c62fc3 100644
--- a/security/security.c
+++ b/security/security.c
@@ -946,6 +946,11 @@ int security_task_create(unsigned long clone_flags)
 	return call_int_hook(task_create, 0, clone_flags);
+int security_task_alloc(struct task_struct *task, unsigned long clone_flags)
+	return call_int_hook(task_alloc, 0, task, clone_flags);
 void security_task_free(struct task_struct *task)
 	call_void_hook(task_free, task);

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