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Date:   Wed, 06 May 2020 17:26:25 -0400
From:   Steve Grubb <sgrubb@...hat.com>
To:     Richard Guy Briggs <rgb@...hat.com>
Cc:     Paul Moore <paul@...l-moore.com>,
        Linux-Audit Mailing List <linux-audit@...hat.com>,
        LKML <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        netfilter-devel@...r.kernel.org, omosnace@...hat.com, fw@...len.de,
        twoerner@...hat.com, Eric Paris <eparis@...isplace.org>,
        ebiederm@...ssion.com, tgraf@...radead.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH ghak25 v4 3/3] audit: add subj creds to NETFILTER_CFG record to cover async unregister

On Wednesday, April 29, 2020 5:32:47 PM EDT Richard Guy Briggs wrote:
> On 2020-04-29 14:47, Steve Grubb wrote:
> > On Wednesday, April 29, 2020 10:31:46 AM EDT Richard Guy Briggs wrote:
> > > On 2020-04-28 18:25, Paul Moore wrote:
> > > > On Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 5:40 PM Richard Guy Briggs <rgb@...hat.com>
> > 
> > wrote:
> > > > > Some table unregister actions seem to be initiated by the kernel to
> > > > > garbage collect unused tables that are not initiated by any
> > > > > userspace
> > > > > actions.  It was found to be necessary to add the subject
> > > > > credentials
> > > > > to  cover this case to reveal the source of these actions.  A
> > > > > sample
> > > > > record:
> > > > > type=NETFILTER_CFG msg=audit(2020-03-11 21:25:21.491:269) :
> > > > > table=nat
> > > > > family=bridge entries=0 op=unregister pid=153 uid=root auid=unset
> > > > > tty=(none) ses=unset subj=system_u:system_r:kernel_t:s0
> > > > > comm=kworker/u4:2 exe=(null)>
> > > > 
> > > > [I'm going to comment up here instead of in the code because it is a
> > > > bit easier for everyone to see what the actual impact might be on the
> > > > records.]
> > > > 
> > > > Steve wants subject info in this case, okay, but let's try to trim
> > > > out
> > > > some of the fields which simply don't make sense in this record; I'm
> > > > thinking of fields that are unset/empty in the kernel case and are
> > > > duplicates of other records in the userspace/syscall case.  I think
> > > > that means we can drop "tty", "ses", "comm", and "exe" ... yes?
> > > 
> > > From the ghak28 discussion, this list and order was selected due to
> > > Steve's preference for the "kernel" record convention, so deviating
> > > from this will create yet a new field list.  I'll defer to Steve on
> > > this. It also has to do with the searchability of fields if they are
> > > missing.
> > > 
> > > I do agree that some fields will be superfluous in the kernel case.
> > > The most important field would be "subj", but then "pid" and "comm", I
> > > would think.  Based on this contents of the "subj" field, I'd think
> > > that "uid", "auid", "tty", "ses" and "exe" are not needed.
> > 
> > We can't be adding deleting fields based on how its triggered. If they
> > are unset, that is fine. The main issue is they have to behave the same.
> 
> I don't think the intent was to have fields swing in and out depending
> on trigger.  The idea is to potentially permanently not include them in
> this record type only.  The justification is that where they aren't
> needed for the kernel trigger situation it made sense to delete them
> because if it is a user context event it will be accompanied by a
> syscall record that already has that information and there would be no
> sense in duplicating it.

We should not be adding syscall records to anything that does not result from 
a syscall rule triggering the event. Its very wasteful. More wasteful than 
just adding the necessary fields.

I also wished we had a coding specification that put this in writing so that 
every event is not a committee decision. That anyone can look at the document 
and Do The Right Thing ™.

If I add a section to Writing-Good-Events outlining the expected ordering of 
fields, would that be enough that we do not have long discussions about event 
format? I'm thinking this would also help new people that want to contribute.

-Steve


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