On Thu, 2007-08-02 at 00:01 -0700, Louis Lam wrote:
Today i managed to make the vmplayer run in its own domain. What I
was added the statement to my vmware.te. Thanks to Ken and his
suggestion (and all of the help so far), i've got the "Selinux by
example" book that i've been reading as a reference.
domain_auto_trans(unconfined_t, vmware_exec_t, vmware_t)
Evident from the large amount of avc denials in setroubleshoot when i
launch vmplayer, i was able to see that vmplayer was running in the
context of :
Two questions from security angle on this approach though:
1. If i allow transition from unconfined_t to vmware_t, it means that
any unconfined process can transit to vmware_t and be able to access
the vmware files. This is probably not what i'd desire. What would be
a good recommendation for this? Any best practices?
It doesn't matter, unconfined_t is unconfined; therefore, it already has
access to vmware files.
2. I still want to start vmware as a user program, probably not as a
service. In that case, would I still need to do something in the
vmware.if so that the domain auto trans can take on a role ?
I don't understand this question. Vmware has daemon parts for the
vmnets, and the user application is the player itself.
Now that i'm able to run it under vmware_t domain, and see a lot
avcs, i intend to make vmware run properly again. I'd go with allowing
whatever vmware wants to do, then tightening the security. There are a
few approaches i can use, and i'd like to seek your opinions on how to
go about doing it:
1. audit2allow: This will list all of the avcs and turn them into
allow statements. By adding these statements to my vmware.te, this
would enable vmware to function again. Problem is that i may end up
with too many statements.
There would probably be macros to cover these.
There should already be sufficient existing interfaces, since there is
policy, though I tested it with vmware workstation, not the player (I
don't imagine they are very different access-wise).
2. macros: This is somethings i'm not familiar with. Are there
documentation that describe some of the more commonly used macros? Or
it is better just to see the source?
By looking a few of the source files, you can see the commonly used
interfaces. You can also look at the interface documentation, but it
has all the macros, not just the common ones:
3. policygentool: From what i understand, this is a script that
generate a module for you. the question is how do i combine it with
the vmware source code that I've taken from the reference policy?
(that i'm using now)? I forsee a lot of conflicts to be resolved. and
may actually not be so clean.
I believe this tool is designed to be run on a service that doesn't
already have a policy. It just gets you a starting point, creating some
types, some interfaces, and a handful of common rules (leveraging
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