Follow @Openwall on Twitter for new release announcements and other news
[<prev] [next>] [<thread-prev] [thread-next>] [day] [month] [year] [list]
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 12:08:11 -0800
From: Andi Kleen <>
To: John Wood <>
Cc: Kees Cook <>, Jann Horn <>,
	Randy Dunlap <>,
	Jonathan Corbet <>, James Morris <>,
	Shuah Khan <>, "Serge E. Hallyn" <>,
	Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v5 7/8] Documentation: Add documentation for the Brute LSM

> When a brute force attack is detected through the fork or execve system call,
> all the tasks involved in the attack will be killed with the exception of the
> init task (task with pid equal to zero). Now, and only if the init task is
> involved in the attack, block the fork system call from the init process during
> a user defined time (using a sysctl attribute). This way the brute force attack
> is mitigated and the system does not panic.

That means nobody can log in and fix the system during that time.

Would be better to have that policy in init. Perhaps add some way
that someone doing wait*() can know the exit was due this mitigation
(and not something way) Then they could disable respawning of that daemon.


Powered by blists - more mailing lists

Confused about mailing lists and their use? Read about mailing lists on Wikipedia and check out these guidelines on proper formatting of your messages.