[PATCH] LSM: Allow syzbot to ignore security= parameter.

Tetsuo Handa penguin-kernel at i-love.sakura.ne.jp
Fri Feb 8 10:52:30 UTC 2019

On 2019/02/08 1:24, Casey Schaufler wrote:
>>>> Then, I think that it is straightforward (and easier to manage) to ignore security= parameter
>>>> when lsm= parameter is specified.
>>> That reduces flexibility somewhat. If I am debugging security modules
>>> I may want to use lsm= to specify the order while using security= to
>>> identify a specific exclusive module. I could do that using lsm= by
>>> itself, but habits die hard.
>> "lsm=" can be used for identifying a specific exclusive module, and Ubuntu kernels would
>> have to use CONFIG_LSM (or "lsm=") for identifying the default exclusive module (in order
>> to allow enabling both TOMOYO and one of SELinux,Smack,AppArmor at the same time).
>> Since "security=" can't be used for selectively enable/disable more than one of
>> SELinux,Smack,TOMOYO,AppArmor, I think that recommending users to migrate to "lsm=" is the
>> better direction. And ignoring "security=" when "lsm=" is specified is easier to understand.
> I added Kees to the CC list. Kees, what to you think about
> ignoring security= if lsm= is specified? I'm ambivalent.

To help administrators easily understand what LSM modules are possibly enabled by default (which
have to be fetched from e.g. /boot/config-`uname -r`) and specify lsm= parameter when they need,
I propose changes shown below.

diff --git a/security/security.c b/security/security.c
index 3147785e..051d708 100644
--- a/security/security.c
+++ b/security/security.c
@@ -51,8 +51,6 @@
 static __initdata const char *chosen_lsm_order;
 static __initdata const char *chosen_major_lsm;
-static __initconst const char * const builtin_lsm_order = CONFIG_LSM;
 /* Ordered list of LSMs to initialize. */
 static __initdata struct lsm_info **ordered_lsms;
 static __initdata struct lsm_info *exclusive;
@@ -284,14 +282,22 @@ static void __init ordered_lsm_parse(const char *order, const char *origin)
 static void __init ordered_lsm_init(void)
 	struct lsm_info **lsm;
+	const char *order = CONFIG_LSM;
+	const char *origin = "builtin";
 	ordered_lsms = kcalloc(LSM_COUNT + 1, sizeof(*ordered_lsms),
-	if (chosen_lsm_order)
-		ordered_lsm_parse(chosen_lsm_order, "cmdline");
-	else
-		ordered_lsm_parse(builtin_lsm_order, "builtin");
+	if (chosen_lsm_order) {
+		if (chosen_major_lsm) {
+			pr_info("security= is ignored because of lsm=\n");
+			chosen_major_lsm = NULL;
+		}
+		order = chosen_lsm_order;
+		origin = "cmdline";
+	}
+	pr_info("Security Framework initializing: %s\n", order);
+	ordered_lsm_parse(order, origin);
 	for (lsm = ordered_lsms; *lsm; lsm++)
@@ -333,8 +339,6 @@ int __init security_init(void)
 	int i;
 	struct hlist_head *list = (struct hlist_head *) &security_hook_heads;
-	pr_info("Security Framework initializing\n");
 	for (i = 0; i < sizeof(security_hook_heads) / sizeof(struct hlist_head);

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