Re: Debian / SE-Linux
On Fri, May 14, 2004 at 03:43:06PM +1000, Russell Coker wrote:
> This is easy to do. When I took over fcron I put the SE Linux changes in, and
> none of the users who don't use SE Linux even noticed the difference.
[Other similar tales snipped]
Well, if it can be compiled in without affecting others, especially if it is
maintained upstream, I can't see any real reason for a DD to not enable it.
> For Red Hat all RPMs are getting the SE Linux code compiled in. There is no
> option for installing packages that lack SE Linux support or a kernel without
> SE Linux compiled in.
Sounds like a plan to me.
[Comparison between SElinux policy and Unix security concepts]
> Yes. However it's not quite that bad. SE Linux policy is easier to analyse,
> I have on several occasions spotted security flaws in applications by the
> policy that's needed to run them. The applications in question were run by
> many people for quite some time without the bugs apparently being noticed by
> anyone (or at least not anyone who wanted them fixed). But they were easy to
> notice in SE Linux policy.
It sounds like SElinux policy is useful for more than just saying "thou
shalt not do that".
> One advantage of having the policy files in a centralised package is that they
> are dependant on each other in some ways. Sometimes changing one file
> requires changing another to match, if the files are in different packages
> then it's necessary to upload two packages at the same time. I think it's
> easier to have all files that are maintained by one person (or group) in one
I obviously misunderstood the purpose of SElinux policy descriptions. I was
under the impression that they basically described the permissions a
particular program needed, which would just require the package to define
what permissions it needed. From a quick scout around, I think I've got a
bit more of an idea of what SElinux policy is, and I can see how, in some
contexts, it would be useful to have coordination amongst packages --
especially since disjoint policies could result in some very, very nasty