[PATCH v5 7/8] Documentation: Add documentation for the Brute LSM

Andi Kleen ak at linux.intel.com
Thu Mar 11 20:08:11 UTC 2021

> When a brute force attack is detected through the fork or execve system call,
> all the tasks involved in the attack will be killed with the exception of the
> init task (task with pid equal to zero). Now, and only if the init task is
> involved in the attack, block the fork system call from the init process during
> a user defined time (using a sysctl attribute). This way the brute force attack
> is mitigated and the system does not panic.

That means nobody can log in and fix the system during that time.

Would be better to have that policy in init. Perhaps add some way
that someone doing wait*() can know the exit was due this mitigation
(and not something way) Then they could disable respawning of that daemon.


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