[v6,07/10] powerpc/perf: open access for CAP_PERFMON privileged process
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Message ID 3ce8fc61-a61f-5efc-9167-94f5d39b6f1b@linux.intel.com
State New
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  • Introduce CAP_PERFMON to secure system performance monitoring and observability
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Alexey Budankov Jan. 28, 2020, 6:12 a.m. UTC
Open access to monitoring for CAP_PERFMON privileged process.
Providing the access under CAP_PERFMON capability singly, without the
rest of CAP_SYS_ADMIN credentials, excludes chances to misuse the
credentials and makes operation more secure.

CAP_PERFMON implements the principal of least privilege for performance
monitoring and observability operations (POSIX IEEE 1003.1e 2.2.2.39 principle
of least privilege: A security design principle that states that a process
or program be granted only those privileges (e.g., capabilities) necessary
to accomplish its legitimate function, and only for the time that such
privileges are actually required)

For backward compatibility reasons access to the monitoring remains open
for CAP_SYS_ADMIN privileged processes but CAP_SYS_ADMIN usage for secure
monitoring is discouraged with respect to CAP_PERFMON capability.

Signed-off-by: Alexey Budankov <alexey.budankov@linux.intel.com>
---
 arch/powerpc/perf/imc-pmu.c | 4 ++--
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

Comments

James Morris Jan. 28, 2020, 9:17 p.m. UTC | #1
On Tue, 28 Jan 2020, Alexey Budankov wrote:

> Signed-off-by: Alexey Budankov <alexey.budankov@linux.intel.com>
> ---
>  arch/powerpc/perf/imc-pmu.c | 4 ++--
>  1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> 
> diff --git a/arch/powerpc/perf/imc-pmu.c b/arch/powerpc/perf/imc-pmu.c
> index cb50a9e1fd2d..e837717492e4 100644
> --- a/arch/powerpc/perf/imc-pmu.c
> +++ b/arch/powerpc/perf/imc-pmu.c
> @@ -898,7 +898,7 @@ static int thread_imc_event_init(struct perf_event *event)
>  	if (event->attr.type != event->pmu->type)
>  		return -ENOENT;
>  
> -	if (!capable(CAP_SYS_ADMIN))
> +	if (!perfmon_capable())
>  		return -EACCES;
>  
>  	/* Sampling not supported */
> @@ -1307,7 +1307,7 @@ static int trace_imc_event_init(struct perf_event *event)
>  	if (event->attr.type != event->pmu->type)
>  		return -ENOENT;
>  
> -	if (!capable(CAP_SYS_ADMIN))
> +	if (!perfmon_capable())
>  		return -EACCES;
>  
>  	/* Return if this is a couting event */
> 


Acked-by: James Morris <jamorris@linux.microsoft.com>

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diff --git a/arch/powerpc/perf/imc-pmu.c b/arch/powerpc/perf/imc-pmu.c
index cb50a9e1fd2d..e837717492e4 100644
--- a/arch/powerpc/perf/imc-pmu.c
+++ b/arch/powerpc/perf/imc-pmu.c
@@ -898,7 +898,7 @@  static int thread_imc_event_init(struct perf_event *event)
 	if (event->attr.type != event->pmu->type)
 		return -ENOENT;
 
-	if (!capable(CAP_SYS_ADMIN))
+	if (!perfmon_capable())
 		return -EACCES;
 
 	/* Sampling not supported */
@@ -1307,7 +1307,7 @@  static int trace_imc_event_init(struct perf_event *event)
 	if (event->attr.type != event->pmu->type)
 		return -ENOENT;
 
-	if (!capable(CAP_SYS_ADMIN))
+	if (!perfmon_capable())
 		return -EACCES;
 
 	/* Return if this is a couting event */