[PATCH v5 1/4] IMA: Add func to measure LSM state and policy

Lakshmi Ramasubramanian nramas at linux.microsoft.com
Thu Jul 30 16:33:03 UTC 2020

On 7/30/20 9:19 AM, Casey Schaufler wrote:

>>> Critical data structures of security modules need to be measured to
>>> enable an attestation service to verify if the configuration and
>>> policies for the security modules have been setup correctly and
>>> that they haven't been tampered with at runtime. A new IMA policy is
>>> required for handling this measurement.
>>> Define two new IMA policy func namely LSM_STATE and LSM_POLICY to
>>> measure the state and the policy provided by the security modules.
> If, as you suggest below, this is SELinux specific,
> these should be SELINUX_STATE and SELINUX_POLICY.
> It makes me very uncomfortable when I see LSM used
> in cases where SELinux is required. The LSM is supposed
> to be an agnostic interface, so if you need to throw
> into the IMA code you're clearly not thinking in terms
> of the LSM layer. I have no problem with seeing SELinux
> oriented and/or specific code in IMA if that's what you want.
> Just don't call it LSM.

The hook defined in IMA is not SELinux specific - it is generic enough 
to be used by any security module to measure their STATE and POLICY.

I have implemented the measurement for SELinux to illustrate the usage.

Tyler's suggestion was to allow this IMA policy only when component(s) 
that are using it are also enabled.


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