[PATCH v4 2/8] audit,io_uring,io-wq: add some basic audit support to io_uring

Richard Guy Briggs rgb at redhat.com
Thu Sep 16 14:19:35 UTC 2021

On 2021-09-16 10:02, Paul Moore wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 9:33 AM Richard Guy Briggs <rgb at redhat.com> wrote:
> > On 2021-09-15 12:49, Paul Moore wrote:
> > > This patch adds basic auditing to io_uring operations, regardless of
> > > their context.  This is accomplished by allocating audit_context
> > > structures for the io-wq worker and io_uring SQPOLL kernel threads
> > > as well as explicitly auditing the io_uring operations in
> > > io_issue_sqe().  Individual io_uring operations can bypass auditing
> > > through the "audit_skip" field in the struct io_op_def definition for
> > > the operation; although great care must be taken so that security
> > > relevant io_uring operations do not bypass auditing; please contact
> > > the audit mailing list (see the MAINTAINERS file) with any questions.
> > >
> > > The io_uring operations are audited using a new AUDIT_URINGOP record,
> > > an example is shown below:
> > >
> > >   type=UNKNOWN[1336] msg=audit(1630523381.288:260):
> > >     uring_op=19 success=yes exit=0 items=0 ppid=853 pid=1204
> > >     uid=0 gid=0 euid=0 suid=0 fsuid=0 egid=0 sgid=0 fsgid=0
> > >     subj=unconfined_u:unconfined_r:unconfined_t:s0-s0:c0.c1023
> > >     key=(null)
> > >     AUID="root" UID="root" GID="root" EUID="root" SUID="root"
> > >     FSUID="root" EGID="root" SGID="root" FSGID="root"
> > >
> > > Thanks to Richard Guy Briggs for review and feedback.
> >
> > I share Steve's concerns about the missing auid and ses.  The userspace
> > log interpreter conjured up AUID="root" from the absent auid=.
> >
> > Some of the creds are here including ppid, pid, a herd of *id and subj.
> > *Something* initiated this action and then delegated it to iouring to
> > carry out.  That should be in there somewhere.  You had a concern about
> > shared queues and mis-attribution.  All of these creds including auid
> > and ses should be kept together to get this right.
> Look, there are a lot of things about io_uring that frustrate me from
> a security perspective - this is one of them - but I've run out of
> ways to say it's not possible to reliably capture the audit ID or
> session ID here.  With io_uring it is possible to submit an io_uring
> operation, and capture the results, by simply reading and writing to a
> mmap'd buffer.  Yes, it would be nice to have that information, but I
> don't believe there is a practical way to capture it.  If you have any
> suggestions on how to do so, please share, but please make it
> concrete; hand wavy solutions aren't useful at this stage.

I was hoping to give a more concrete solution but have other
distractions at the moment.  My concern is adding it later once the
message format is committed.  We have too many field orderings already.
Recognizing this adds useless characters to the record type at this
time, I'm even thinking auid=? ses=? until a solution can be found.

So you are sure the rest of the creds are correct?

> As for the userspace mysteriously creating an AUID out of thin air,
> that was my mistake: I simply removed the "auid=" field from the
> example and didn't remove the additional fields, e.g. AUID, that
> auditd appends to the end of the record.  I've updated the commit
> description with a freshly generated record and removed the auditd
> bonus bits as those probably shouldn't be shown in an example of a
> kernel generated audit record.  I'm not going to repost the patchset
> just for this small edit to the description, but I have force-pushed
> the update to the selinux/working-io_uring branch.

Understood, no problem here.

> paul moore


Richard Guy Briggs <rgb at redhat.com>
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