[PATCH 3/3] ima: use fs method to read integrity data (updated patch description)

Christoph Hellwig hch at infradead.org
Sun Sep 17 15:37:55 UTC 2017

On Sun, Sep 17, 2017 at 08:28:40AM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> The issue is that somebody else can come in - using direct IO - at the
> same time as the first person is collecting measurements, and thus
> race with the collector.
> So now the measurements are not trustworthy any more.

Yes.  And it's always been that way with IMA.

> .. and *my* point is that it's the wrong lock for actually checking
> integrity (it doesn't actually guarantee exclusion, even though in
> practice it's almost always the case), and so we're adding a nasty
> callback that in 99% of all cases is the same as the normal read, and
> we *could* have just added it with a RWF flag instead.
> Is there some reason why integrity has to use that particular lock
> that is so inconvenient for the filesystems it wants to check?

I'll have to defer that to Mimi - I just jumped into this whole mess
to help fixing the deadlocks we saw on XFS and NFS.

Unfortunately the whole security code is a giant mess that doesn't
document assumptions, threat models or gets any sort of verification
of those through automated testing.
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