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From: Roberto Sassu <>
To: Rob Landley <>, <>
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Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 0/3] initramfs: add support for xattrs in the initial ram disk
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2019 10:15:10 +0200	[thread overview]
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On 6/3/2019 8:32 PM, Rob Landley wrote:
> On 6/3/19 4:31 AM, Roberto Sassu wrote:
>>> This patch set aims at solving the following use case: appraise files from
>>> the initial ram disk. To do that, IMA checks the signature/hash from the
>>> security.ima xattr. Unfortunately, this use case cannot be implemented
>>> currently, as the CPIO format does not support xattrs.
>>> This proposal consists in including file metadata as additional files named
>>> METADATA!!!, for each file added to the ram disk. The CPIO parser in the
>>> kernel recognizes these special files from the file name, and calls the
>>> appropriate parser to add metadata to the previously extracted file. It has
>>> been proposed to use bit 17:16 of the file mode as a way to recognize files
>>> with metadata, but both the kernel and the cpio tool declare the file mode
>>> as unsigned short.
>> Any opinion on this patch set?
>> Thanks
>> Roberto
> Sorry, I've had the window open since you posted it but haven't gotten around to
> it. I'll try to build it later today.
> It does look interesting, and I have no objections to the basic approach. I
> should be able to add support to toybox cpio over a weekend once I've got the
> kernel doing it to test against.


Let me give some instructions so that people can test this patch set.

To add xattrs to the ram disk embedded in the kernel it is sufficient
CONFIG_INITRAMFS_SOURCE="<file with xattr>" in the kernel configuration.

To add xattrs to the external ram disk, it is necessary to patch cpio: 
(xattr-v1 branch)

and dracut: 
(digest-lists branch)

The same modification can be done for mkinitramfs (add '-e xattr' to the
cpio command line).

To simplify the test, it would be sufficient to replace only the cpio
binary and the dracut script with the modified versions. For dracut, the
patch should be applied to the local dracut (after it has been renamed

Then, run:

dracut -e xattr -I <file with xattr> (add -f to overwrite the ram disk)

Xattrs can be seen by stopping the boot process for example by adding
rd.break to the kernel command line.


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  reply	other threads:[~2019-06-26  8:17 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 15+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-05-23 12:18 Roberto Sassu
2019-05-23 12:18 ` [PATCH v4 1/3] initramfs: add file metadata Roberto Sassu
2019-05-23 12:18 ` [PATCH v4 2/3] initramfs: read metadata from special file METADATA!!! Roberto Sassu
2019-07-01 12:54   ` Mimi Zohar
2019-05-23 12:18 ` [PATCH v4 3/3] gen_init_cpio: add support for file metadata Roberto Sassu
2019-06-30 15:27   ` Mimi Zohar
2019-06-03  9:31 ` [PATCH v4 0/3] initramfs: add support for xattrs in the initial ram disk Roberto Sassu
2019-06-03 18:32   ` Rob Landley
2019-06-26  8:15     ` Roberto Sassu [this message]
2019-06-30 15:39       ` Mimi Zohar
2019-07-01 13:42         ` Roberto Sassu
2019-07-01 14:31           ` Mimi Zohar
2019-07-15 16:54             ` Roberto Sassu
2019-07-24 15:34               ` Roberto Sassu
2019-07-01 13:22 ` Mimi Zohar

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