Re: [PATCH v2 0/3] initramfs: add support for xattrs in the initial ram disk

From: Andy Lutomirski
Date: Sat May 11 2019 - 18:45:56 EST

On Thu, May 9, 2019 at 4:27 AM Roberto Sassu <roberto.sassu@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> This patch set aims at solving the following use case: appraise files from
> the initial ram disk. To do that, IMA checks the signature/hash from the
> security.ima xattr. Unfortunately, this use case cannot be implemented
> currently, as the CPIO format does not support xattrs.
> This proposal consists in marshaling pathnames and xattrs in a file called
> .xattr-list. They are unmarshaled by the CPIO parser after all files have
> been extracted.
> The difference from v1 ( is that all
> xattrs are stored in a single file and not per file (solves the file name
> limitation issue, as it is not necessary to add a suffix to files
> containing xattrs).
> The difference with another proposal
> ( is that xattrs can be
> included in an image without changing the image format, as opposed to
> defining a new one. As seen from the discussion, if a new format has to be
> defined, it should fix the issues of the existing format, which requires
> more time.

I read some of those emails. ISTM that adding TAR support should be
seriously considered. Sure, it's baroque, but it's very, very well
supported, and it does exactly what we need.