[RFC PATCH 2/9] audit, io_uring, io-wq: add some basic audit support to io_uring

Steve Grubb sgrubb at redhat.com
Wed May 26 15:11:50 UTC 2021

On Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10:38:38 AM EDT Paul Moore wrote:
> > > We would need to check with the current security requirements (there
> > > are distro people on the linux-audit list that keep track of that
> > > stuff),

The requirements generally care about resource access. File open, connect, 
accept, etc. We don't care about read/write itself as that would flood the 

> > > but looking at the opcodes right now my gut feeling is that
> > > most of the opcodes would be considered "security relevant" so
> > > selective auditing might not be that useful in practice. 

I'd say maybe a quarter to a third look interesting.

> > > It would
> > > definitely clutter the code and increase the chances that new opcodes
> > > would not be properly audited when they are merged.

There is that...

> > I'm curious, why it's enabled by many distros by default? Are there
> > use cases they use?
> We've already talked about certain users and environments where audit
> is an important requirement, e.g. public sector, health care,
> financial institutions, etc.; without audit Linux wouldn't be an
> option for these users,

People that care about auditing are under regulatory mandates. They care more 
about the audit event than the performance. Imagine you have a system with 
some brand new medical discovery. You want to know anyone who accesses the 
information in case it gets leaked out. You don't care how slow the system 
gets - you simply *have* to know everyone who's looked at the documents.


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