Re: [PATCH] audit: convert status version to a feature bitmap

From: Paul Moore
Date: Mon Nov 17 2014 - 16:59:50 EST

On Monday, November 17, 2014 03:51:01 PM Richard Guy Briggs wrote:
> The version field defined in the audit status structure was found to have
> limitations in terms of its expressibility of features supported. This is
> distict from the get/set features call to be able to command those features
> that are present.
> Converting this field from a version number to a feature bitmap will allow
> distributions to selectively backport and support certain features and will
> allow upstream to be able to deprecate features in the future. It will
> allow userspace clients to first query the kernel for which features are
> actually present and supported. Currently, EINVAL is returned rather than
> EOPNOTSUP, which isn't helpful in determining if there was an error in the
> command, or if it simply isn't supported yet. Past features are not
> represented by this bitmap, but their use may be converted to EOPNOTSUP if
> needed in the future.
> Since "version" is too generic to convert with a #define, use a union in the
> struct status, introducing the member "feature_bitmap" unionized with
> "version".
> Convert existing AUDIT_VERSION_* macros over to AUDIT_FEATURE_BITMAP*
> counterparts, leaving the former for backwards compatibility.
> Signed-off-by: Richard Guy Briggs <rgb@xxxxxxxxxx>
> ---
> include/uapi/linux/audit.h | 17 +++++++++++++----
> kernel/audit.c | 2 +-
> 2 files changed, 14 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

Applied to the audit next branch, thanks Richard.

* git:// next

paul moore
security and virtualization @ redhat

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