[PATCH 23/27] bpf: Restrict kernel image access functions when the kernel is locked down

James Morris jmorris at namei.org
Thu Mar 28 03:15:46 UTC 2019

On Tue, 26 Mar 2019, Andy Lutomirski wrote:

> >
> >         kernel_is_locked_down("ioperm")
> >
> > becomes
> >
> >         kernel_is_locked_down(LOCKDOWN_IOPERM)
> >
> > and this function checks e.g.
> >
> >         if (lockdown_polcy[id]) {
> >                 fail or warn;
> >         }
> >
> > Thoughts?
> I'm concerned that this gives too much useless flexibility to
> administrators and user code in general.  If you can break kernel
> integrity, you can break kernel integrity -- it shouldn't really
> matter *how* you break it.

OTOH, this seems like a combination of mechanism and policy. The 3 modes 
are a help here, but I wonder if they may be too coarse grained still, 
e.g. if someone wants to allow a specific mechanism according to their own 
threat model and mitigations.

Secure boot gives you some assurance of the static state of the system at 
boot time, and lockdown is certainly useful (with or without secure boot), 
but it's not a complete solution to runtime kernel integrity protection by 
any stretch of the imagination.  I'm concerned about it being perceived as 

I'm not sure how to think about it architecturally and how it fits as such 
in the mainline kernel.

James Morris
<jmorris at namei.org>

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