Date: Sun, 6 Oct 2019 17:49:24 +0100 From: Salvatore Mesoraca <s.mesoraca16@...il.com> To: Jann Horn <jannh@...gle.com> Cc: kernel list <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>, Kernel Hardening <kernel-hardening@...ts.openwall.com>, Linux-MM <linux-mm@...ck.org>, linux-security-module <linux-security-module@...r.kernel.org>, Alexander Viro <viro@...iv.linux.org.uk>, Brad Spengler <spender@...ecurity.net>, Casey Schaufler <casey@...aufler-ca.com>, Christoph Hellwig <hch@...radead.org>, Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org>, PaX Team <pageexec@...email.hu>, "Serge E. Hallyn" <serge@...lyn.com>, Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>, James Morris <jmorris@...ei.org>, John Johansen <john.johansen@...onical.com> Subject: Re: [PATCH v5 04/12] S.A.R.A.: generic DFA for string matching Salvatore Mesoraca <s.mesoraca16@...il.com> wrote: > > Jann Horn <jannh@...gle.com> wrote: > > > > On Sat, Jul 6, 2019 at 12:55 PM Salvatore Mesoraca > > <s.mesoraca16@...il.com> wrote: > > > Creation of a generic Discrete Finite Automata implementation > > > for string matching. The transition tables have to be produced > > > in user-space. > > > This allows us to possibly support advanced string matching > > > patterns like regular expressions, but they need to be supported > > > by user-space tools. > > > > AppArmor already has a DFA implementation that takes a DFA machine > > from userspace and runs it against file paths; see e.g. > > aa_dfa_match(). Did you look into whether you could move their DFA to > > some place like lib/ and reuse it instead of adding yet another > > generic rule interface to the kernel? > > Yes, using AppArmor DFA cloud be a possibility. > Though, I didn't know how AppArmor's maintainers feel about this. > I thought that was easier to just implement my own. > Anyway I understand that re-using that code would be the optimal solution. > I'm adding in CC AppArmor's maintainers, let's see what they think about this. I don't want this to prevent SARA from being up-streamed. Do you think that having another DFA here could be acceptable anyway? Would it be better if I just drop the DFA an go back to simple string matching to speed up things? Thank you, Salvatore
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