ima: fix add LSM rule bug [Linux 2.6.37]

This Linux kernel change "ima: fix add LSM rule bug" is included in the Linux 2.6.37 release. This change is authored by Mimi Zohar <zohar [at]> on Mon Jan 3 14:59:10 2011 -0800. The commit for this change in Linux stable tree is 867c202 (patch).

ima: fix add LSM rule bug

If security_filter_rule_init() doesn't return a rule, then not everything
is as fine as the return code implies.

This bug only occurs when the LSM (eg. SELinux) is disabled at runtime.

Adding an empty LSM rule causes ima_match_rules() to always succeed,
ignoring any remaining rules.

 default IMA TCB policy:
  dont_measure fsmagic=0x9fa0
  dont_measure fsmagic=0x62656572
  dont_measure fsmagic=0x64626720
  dont_measure fsmagic=0x01021994
  dont_measure fsmagic=0x73636673

  < LSM specific rule >
  dont_measure obj_type=var_log_t

  measure func=BPRM_CHECK
  measure func=FILE_MMAP mask=MAY_EXEC
  measure func=FILE_CHECK mask=MAY_READ uid=0

Thus without the patch, with the boot parameters 'tcb selinux=0', adding
the above 'dont_measure obj_type=var_log_t' rule to the default IMA TCB
measurement policy, would result in nothing being measured.  The patch
prevents the default TCB policy from being replaced.

Signed-off-by: Mimi Zohar <[email protected]>
Cc: James Morris <[email protected]>
Acked-by: Serge Hallyn <[email protected]>
Cc: David Safford <[email protected]>
Cc: <[email protected]>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <[email protected]>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <[email protected]>

There are 2 lines of Linux source code added/deleted in this change. Code changes to Linux kernel are as follows.

 security/integrity/ima/ima_policy.c | 2 ++
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)

diff --git a/security/integrity/ima/ima_policy.c b/security/integrity/ima/ima_policy.c
index aef8c0a..d661afb 100644
--- a/security/integrity/ima/ima_policy.c
+++ b/security/integrity/ima/ima_policy.c
@@ -253,6 +253,8 @@ static int ima_lsm_rule_init(struct ima_measure_rule_entry *entry,
    result = security_filter_rule_init(entry->lsm[lsm_rule].type,
                       Audit_equal, args,
+   if (!entry->lsm[lsm_rule].rule)
+       return -EINVAL;
    return result;

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