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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/6] ima: Return INTEGRITY_FAIL if digital signature can't be verified
On Mon, Mar 04, 2013 at 08:48:36AM -0500, Mimi Zohar wrote:
> On Thu, 2013-02-14 at 14:55 -0500, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> > Digital signature verification happens using integrity_digsig_verify().
> > Curently we set integrity to FAIL for all error codes except -EOPNOTSUPP.
> > This sounds out of line.
> >
> > - If appropriate kernel code is not compiled in to verify signature of
> > a file, then prractically it is a failed signature.
> >
> > - For so many other possible errors we are setting the status to fail.
> > For example, -EINVAL, -ENOKEY, -ENOMEM, -EINVAL, -ENOTSUPP etc, it
> > beats me that why -EOPNOTSUPP is special.
> >
> > This patch should make the semantics more consistent. That is, if digital
> > signature is present in security.ima, then any error happened during
> > signature processing leads to status INTEGRITY_FAIL.
> >
> > AFAICS, it should not have any user visible effect on existing
> > application. In some cases we will start returning INTEGRITY_FAIL
> > instead of INTEGRITY_UNKNOWN. And process_measurement() will deny access
> > to file both in case of INTEGRITY_UNKNOWN and INTEGRITY_FAIL.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Vivek Goyal <>
> A number of patches in this patchset more finely differentiate return
> codes, which is good. I agree with you totally that there is no good
> reason for -EOPNOTSUPP to be handled differently. Unfortunately, the
> initramfs is CPIO, which doesn't support xattrs. With the proposed
> change and 'ima_appraise_tcb' flag enabled, we wouldn't be able to boot.
> I really dislike hard coding policy in the kernel.

Hi Mimi,

If there are no xattr, then we will not even hit this code. We will
bail out early in vfs_getxattr_alloc().

I thought that one of the DON_APPRAISE rules will kick in for initramfs
and files in initramfs will not be appraised and boot will continue.

{.action = DONT_APPRAISE,.fsmagic = TMPFS_MAGIC,.flags = IMA_FSMAGIC},
{.action = DONT_APPRAISE,.fsmagic = RAMFS_MAGIC,.flags = IMA_FSMAGIC},

Is that not the case here?


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