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Date:   Thu, 3 Mar 2022 14:39:35 -0800
From:   Alexei Starovoitov <>
To:     Mimi Zohar <>
Cc:     KP Singh <>,
        Roberto Sassu <>,
        Shuah Khan <>,
        Alexei Starovoitov <>,
        Daniel Borkmann <>,
        Andrii Nakryiko <>,
        Yonghong Song <>,
        Florent Revest <>,
        Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,
        linux-integrity <>,
        LSM List <>,
        "open list:KERNEL SELFTEST FRAMEWORK" 
        <>, bpf <>,
        Network Development <>,
        LKML <>,
        Florent Revest <>,
        Kees Cook <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3 0/9] bpf-lsm: Extend interoperability with IMA

On Thu, Mar 3, 2022 at 11:13 AM Mimi Zohar <> wrote:
> On Thu, 2022-03-03 at 19:14 +0100, KP Singh wrote:
> >
> > Even Robert's use case is to implement IMA policies in BPF this is still
> > fundamentally different from IMA doing integrity measurement for BPF
> > and blocking this patch-set on the latter does not seem rational and
> > I don't see how implementing integrity for BPF would avoid your
> > concerns.
> eBPF modules are an entire class of files currently not being measured,
> audited, or appraised.  This is an integrity gap that needs to be
> closed.  The purpose would be to at least measure and verify the
> integrity of the eBPF module that is going to be used in lieu of
> traditional IMA.


. There is no such thing as "eBPF modules". There are BPF programs.
They cannot be signed the same way as kernel modules.
We've been working on providing a way to sign them for more
than a year now. That work is still ongoing.

. IMA cannot be used for integrity check of BPF programs for the same
reasons why kernel module like signing cannot be used.

. This patch set is orthogonal.

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