[PATCH v4 00/11] evm: Improve usability of portable signatures

Roberto Sassu roberto.sassu at huawei.com
Fri Mar 5 15:19:12 UTC 2021

EVM portable signatures are particularly suitable for the protection of
metadata of immutable files where metadata is signed by a software vendor.
They can be used for example in conjunction with an IMA policy that
appraises only executed and memory mapped files.

However, some usability issues are still unsolved, especially when EVM is
used without loading an HMAC key. This patch set attempts to fix the open

Patch 1 allows EVM to be used without loading an HMAC key. Patch 2 avoids
appraisal verification of public keys (they are already verified by the key

Patches 3-5 allow metadata verification to be turned off when no HMAC key
is loaded and to use this mode in a safe way (by ensuring that IMA
revalidates metadata when there is a change).

Patches 6-8 make portable signatures more usable if metadata verification
is not turned off, by ignoring the INTEGRITY_NOLABEL and INTEGRITY_NOXATTS
errors when possible, by accepting any metadata modification until
signature verification succeeds (useful when xattrs/attrs are copied
sequentially from a source) and by allowing operations that don't change

Patch 9 makes it possible to use portable signatures when the IMA policy
requires file signatures and patch 10 shows portable signatures in the
measurement list when the ima-sig template is selected.

Lastly, patch 11 avoids undesired removal of security.ima when a file is
not selected by the IMA policy.


- introduce evm_ignore_error_safe() to correctly ignore INTEGRITY_NOLABEL
- fix an error in evm_xattr_acl_change()
- replace #ifndef with !IS_ENABLED() in integrity_load_keys()
- reintroduce ima_inode_removexattr()
- adapt patches to apply on top of the idmapped mounts patch set

- replace EVM_RESET_STATUS flag with evm_status_revalidate()
- introduce IMA post hooks ima_inode_post_setxattr() and
- remove ima_inode_removexattr()
- ignore INTEGRITY_NOLABEL error if the HMAC key is not loaded

- introduce EVM_RESET_STATUS integrity flag instead of clearing IMA flag
- introduce new template field evmsig
- add description of evm_xattr_acl_change() and evm_xattr_change()

Roberto Sassu (11):
  evm: Execute evm_inode_init_security() only when an HMAC key is loaded
  evm: Load EVM key in ima_load_x509() to avoid appraisal
  evm: Refuse EVM_ALLOW_METADATA_WRITES only if an HMAC key is loaded
  ima: Move ima_reset_appraise_flags() call to post hooks
  evm: Introduce evm_status_revalidate()
  evm: Ignore INTEGRITY_NOLABEL/INTEGRITY_NOXATTRS if conditions are
  evm: Allow xattr/attr operations for portable signatures
  evm: Allow setxattr() and setattr() for unmodified metadata
  ima: Allow imasig requirement to be satisfied by EVM portable
  ima: Introduce template field evmsig and write to field sig as
  ima: Don't remove security.ima if file must not be appraised

 Documentation/ABI/testing/evm             |   5 +-
 Documentation/security/IMA-templates.rst  |   4 +-
 fs/xattr.c                                |   2 +
 include/linux/evm.h                       |   6 +
 include/linux/ima.h                       |  18 +++
 include/linux/integrity.h                 |   1 +
 security/integrity/evm/evm_main.c         | 188 ++++++++++++++++++++--
 security/integrity/evm/evm_secfs.c        |   4 +-
 security/integrity/iint.c                 |   4 +-
 security/integrity/ima/ima_appraise.c     |  55 +++++--
 security/integrity/ima/ima_init.c         |   4 +
 security/integrity/ima/ima_template.c     |   2 +
 security/integrity/ima/ima_template_lib.c |  33 +++-
 security/integrity/ima/ima_template_lib.h |   2 +
 security/security.c                       |   1 +
 15 files changed, 297 insertions(+), 32 deletions(-)


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