Re: [PATCH ghak90 (was ghak32) V4 05/10] audit: add support for non-syscall auxiliary records

From: Paul Moore
Date: Thu Jan 03 2019 - 15:11:15 EST

On Thu, Nov 1, 2018 at 2:49 PM Richard Guy Briggs <rgb@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
&gt; On 2018-10-19 19:17, Paul Moore wrote:
&gt; &gt; On Sun, Aug 5, 2018 at 4:33 AM Richard Guy Briggs
<rgb@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
&gt; &gt; &gt; Standalone audit records have the timestamp and serial
number generated
&gt; &gt; &gt; on the fly and as such are unique, making them
standalone. This new
&gt; &gt; &gt; function audit_alloc_local() generates a local audit
context that will
&gt; &gt; &gt; be used only for a standalone record and its auxiliary
record(s). The
&gt; &gt; &gt; context is discarded immediately after the local
associated records are
&gt; &gt; &gt; produced.
&gt; &gt; &gt;
&gt; &gt; &gt; Signed-off-by: Richard Guy Briggs <rgb@xxxxxxxxxx>
&gt; &gt; &gt; Acked-by: Serge Hallyn <serge@xxxxxxxxxx>
&gt; &gt; &gt; ---
&gt; &gt; &gt; include/linux/audit.h | 8 ++++++++
&gt; &gt; &gt; kernel/audit.h | 1 +
&gt; &gt; &gt; kernel/auditsc.c | 33 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-----
&gt; &gt; &gt; 3 files changed, 37 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)
&gt; &gt;
&gt; &gt; I'm not in love with the local flag, and the whole local context in
&gt; &gt; general, but that's a larger discussion and not something I want to
&gt; &gt; force on this patchset; we can fix it later.
&gt; I understand your reasoning to combine it so that if one patch gets
&gt; backported then both do, or if one gets reverted both do, but I really
&gt; prefer them seperate for similar reasons if there is more than one user.

The key is "more than one user". As I mentioned below, assuming that
the only user is the networking bits (we can continue to discuss the
tty caller in the tty patch), this should live with the networking
bits; it makes no sense to keep it separate in that case. Of course,
if there is more than one user, then keeping this change separate is

> > I think this patch looks fine, but it seems a bit odd standalone; it's
> > almost always better to include new capabilities/functions in the same
> > patch as the user. Since the only user is the networking bits, it
> > might make more sense to fold this patch into that one.
> It was kept seperate due to tty_audit usage. See my reasoning for patch
> 6, but I'm willing to negotiate if that merits an exception like the
> USER records do.

paul moore