[PATCH V5 2/2] IMA: Support using new creds in appraisal policy

Matthew Garrett mjg59 at google.com
Mon Jan 8 19:45:48 UTC 2018

On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 4:18 AM, Mimi Zohar <zohar at linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
> On Fri, 2018-01-05 at 13:15 -0800, Matthew Garrett wrote:
>> The existing BPRM_CHECK functionality in IMA validates against the
>> credentials of the existing process, not any new credentials that the
>> child process may transition to. Add an additional CREDS_CHECK target
>> and refactor IMA to pass the appropriate creds structure. In
>> ima_bprm_check(), check with both the existing process credentials and
>> the credentials that will be committed when the new process is started.
>> This will not change behaviour unless the system policy is extended to
>> include CREDS_CHECK targets - BPRM_CHECK will continue to check the same
>> credentials that it did previously.
> Refactoring IMA to pass the creds structure all the way down is a
> generic solution, but if the CREDS_CHECK rule is only being called
> from ima_bprm_check(), "container_of" the bprm->file returns a pointer
> to the bprm structure.  Perhaps you could limit the amount of
> refactoring needed based on the func.

Hm. This would avoid adding an argument to process_measurement(), but
we'd still need to pass additional information down through
ima_get_action() in order to get the creds and secid right. It feels a
little ugly to have process_measurement() recreate information rather
than having the caller pass it in, but I'm not going to object.

> Could you include in the patch description a simple method for testing
> this change?

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