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Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 13:44:05 +0200 (CEST)
From: Jiri Kosina <>
To: Jann Horn <>
cc: Casey Schaufler <>, 
    Kernel Hardening <>, 
    kernel list <>, 
    linux-security-module <>,, Dave Hansen <>,,, 
    Arjan van de Ven <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v5 2/5] Smack: Prepare for PTRACE_MODE_SCHED

On Thu, 4 Oct 2018, Jann Horn wrote:

> > Well, we can't really call out into audit from scheduler code, and the
> > previous versions of the patchsets didn't have PTRACE_MODE_SCHED, so it
> > had to be included in PTRACE_MODE_IBPB in order to make sure we're not
> > calling into audit from context switch code.
> >
> > Or did I misunderstand the question?
> If I understand Casey correctly, he is saying that your patch
> (
> doesn't include PTRACE_MODE_NOAUDIT for IBPB, but the previous v6 of
> your patch (
> did include it, and therefore Casey thinks that there is a specific
> reason why you removed PTRACE_MODE_NOAUDIT, 

Quite honestly, I don't remember. I dont't think there is any deadlock 
that'd be triggered by this.

> and therefore Casey is adding special-case logic for PTRACE_MODE_SCHED 
> to Smack when simply using PTRACE_MODE_NOAUDIT would also work.
> I think that Casey should change ptrace_may_access_sched() to use

Agreed, that should work.


Jiri Kosina

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