[PATCH v2] evm: Check xattr size discrepancy between kernel and user

Mimi Zohar zohar at linux.ibm.com
Mon Jun 21 13:25:40 UTC 2021

On Mon, 2021-06-21 at 14:29 +0200, Roberto Sassu wrote:
> The kernel and the user obtain an xattr value in two different ways:
> kernel (EVM): uses vfs_getxattr_alloc() which obtains the xattr value from
>               the filesystem handler (raw value);
> user (ima-evm-utils): uses vfs_getxattr() which obtains the xattr value
>                       from the LSMs (normalized value).
> Normally, this does not have an impact unless security.selinux is set with
> setfattr, with a value not terminated by '\0' (this is not the recommended
> way, security.selinux should be set with the appropriate tools such as
> chcon and restorecon).
> In this case, the kernel and the user see two different xattr values: the
> former sees the xattr value without '\0' (raw value), the latter sees the
> value with '\0' (value normalized by SELinux).
> This could result in two different verification outcomes from EVM and
> ima-evm-utils, if a signature was calculated with a security.selinux value
> terminated by '\0' and the value set in the filesystem is not terminated by
> '\0'. The former would report verification failure due to the missing '\0',
> while the latter would report verification success (because it gets the
> normalized value with '\0').
> This patch mitigates this issue by comparing in evm_calc_hmac_or_hash() the
> size of the xattr returned by the two xattr functions and by warning the
> user if there is a discrepancy.
> Signed-off-by: Roberto Sassu <roberto.sassu at huawei.com>
> Suggested-by: Mimi Zohar <zohar at linux.ibm.com>

Thanks, Roberto.

Applied to: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/zohar/linux-
integrity.git next-integrity-testing branch.


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