[PATCH 13/26] drivers/perf: Open access for CAP_PERFMON privileged process

Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo acme at kernel.org
Mon Apr 13 16:51:50 UTC 2020

From: Alexey Budankov <alexey.budankov at linux.intel.com>

Open access to monitoring for CAP_PERFMON privileged process.  Providing
the access under CAP_PERFMON capability singly, without the rest of
CAP_SYS_ADMIN credentials, excludes chances to misuse the credentials
and makes operation more secure.

CAP_PERFMON implements the principle of least privilege for performance
monitoring and observability operations (POSIX IEEE 1003.1e
principle of least privilege: A security design principle that states
that a process or program be granted only those privileges (e.g.,
capabilities) necessary to accomplish its legitimate function, and only
for the time that such privileges are actually required)

For backward compatibility reasons access to the monitoring remains open
for CAP_SYS_ADMIN privileged processes but CAP_SYS_ADMIN usage for
secure monitoring is discouraged with respect to CAP_PERFMON capability.

Signed-off-by: Alexey Budankov <alexey.budankov at linux.intel.com>
Reviewed-by: James Morris <jamorris at linux.microsoft.com>
Acked-by: Will Deacon <will at kernel.org>
Cc: Alexei Starovoitov <ast at kernel.org>
Cc: Andi Kleen <ak at linux.intel.com>
Cc: Igor Lubashev <ilubashe at akamai.com>
Cc: Jiri Olsa <jolsa at redhat.com>
Cc: Namhyung Kim <namhyung at kernel.org>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <peterz at infradead.org>
Cc: Serge Hallyn <serge at hallyn.com>
Cc: Song Liu <songliubraving at fb.com>
Cc: Stephane Eranian <eranian at google.com>
Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx at linutronix.de>
Cc: intel-gfx at lists.freedesktop.org
Cc: linux-doc at vger.kernel.org
Cc: linux-man at vger.kernel.org
Cc: linux-security-module at vger.kernel.org
Cc: selinux at vger.kernel.org
Link: http://lore.kernel.org/lkml/4ec1d6f7-548c-8d1c-f84a-cebeb9674e4e@linux.intel.com
Signed-off-by: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <acme at redhat.com>
 drivers/perf/arm_spe_pmu.c | 4 ++--
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/perf/arm_spe_pmu.c b/drivers/perf/arm_spe_pmu.c
index b72c04852599..0e0961a2b405 100644
--- a/drivers/perf/arm_spe_pmu.c
+++ b/drivers/perf/arm_spe_pmu.c
@@ -274,7 +274,7 @@ static u64 arm_spe_event_to_pmscr(struct perf_event *event)
 	if (!attr->exclude_kernel)
+	if (IS_ENABLED(CONFIG_PID_IN_CONTEXTIDR) && perfmon_capable())
 	return reg;
@@ -700,7 +700,7 @@ static int arm_spe_pmu_event_init(struct perf_event *event)
 		return -EOPNOTSUPP;
 	reg = arm_spe_event_to_pmscr(event);
-	if (!capable(CAP_SYS_ADMIN) &&
+	if (!perfmon_capable() &&
 	    (reg & (BIT(SYS_PMSCR_EL1_PA_SHIFT) |

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