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From: Roberto Sassu <roberto.sassu@huawei.com>
To: Mimi Zohar <zohar@linux.ibm.com>, Rob Landley <rob@landley.net>,
	<viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>
Cc: <linux-security-module@vger.kernel.org>,
	<linux-integrity@vger.kernel.org>, <initramfs@vger.kernel.org>,
	<linux-api@vger.kernel.org>, <linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org>,
	<linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>, <bug-cpio@gnu.org>,
	<zohar@linux.vnet.ibm.com>, <silviu.vlasceanu@huawei.com>,
	<dmitry.kasatkin@huawei.com>, <takondra@cisco.com>,
	<kamensky@cisco.com>, <hpa@zytor.com>, <arnd@arndb.de>,
	<james.w.mcmechan@gmail.com>, <niveditas98@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 0/3] initramfs: add support for xattrs in the initial ram disk
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2019 16:42:13 +0300	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <45164486-782f-a442-e442-6f56f9299c66@huawei.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <1561909199.3985.33.camel@linux.ibm.com>

On 6/30/2019 6:39 PM, Mimi Zohar wrote:
> On Wed, 2019-06-26 at 10:15 +0200, Roberto Sassu wrote:
>> 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.
>>
>> Ok.
>>
>> 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
>> to set CONFIG_INITRAMFS_FILE_METADATA="xattr" and
>> CONFIG_INITRAMFS_SOURCE="<file with xattr>" in the kernel configuration.
>>
>> To add xattrs to the external ram disk, it is necessary to patch cpio:
>>
>> https://github.com/euleros/cpio/commit/531cabc88e9ecdc3231fad6e4856869baa9a91ef
>> (xattr-v1 branch)
>>
>> and dracut:
>>
>> https://github.com/euleros/dracut/commit/a2dee56ea80495c2c1871bc73186f7b00dc8bf3b
>> (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
>> to dracut.sh).
>>
>> 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.
> 
> A simple way of testing, without needing any changes other than the
> kernel patches, is to save the dracut temporary directory by supplying
> "--keep" on the dracut command line, calling
> usr/gen_initramfs_list.sh, followed by usr/gen_init_cpio with the "-e
> xattr" option.

Alternatively, follow the instructions to create the embedded ram disk
with xattrs, and use the existing external ram disk created with dracut
to check if xattrs are created.

Roberto

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  reply	other threads:[~2019-07-01 13:42 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
2019-06-30 15:39       ` Mimi Zohar
2019-07-01 13:42         ` Roberto Sassu [this message]
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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