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[v3,12/12] landlock: Add design choices documentation for filesystem access rights

Message ID 20220506161102.525323-13-mic@digikod.net (mailing list archive)
State New
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Series Landlock: file linking and renaming support | expand

Commit Message

Mickaël Salaün May 6, 2022, 4:11 p.m. UTC
Summarize the rationale of filesystem access rights according to the
file type.

Update the document date.

Reviewed-by: Paul Moore <paul@paul-moore.com>
Signed-off-by: Mickaël Salaün <mic@digikod.net>
Link: https://lore.kernel.org/r/20220506161102.525323-13-mic@digikod.net
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Changes since v2:
* Add more explanation in the commit message.
* Update date.

Changes since v1:
* Add Reviewed-by: Paul Moore.
* Update date.
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 Documentation/security/landlock.rst | 17 ++++++++++++++++-
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diff --git a/Documentation/security/landlock.rst b/Documentation/security/landlock.rst
index 3df68cb1d10f..5c77730b4479 100644
--- a/Documentation/security/landlock.rst
+++ b/Documentation/security/landlock.rst
@@ -7,7 +7,7 @@  Landlock LSM: kernel documentation
 ==================================
 
 :Author: Mickaël Salaün
-:Date: March 2021
+:Date: May 2022
 
 Landlock's goal is to create scoped access-control (i.e. sandboxing).  To
 harden a whole system, this feature should be available to any process,
@@ -42,6 +42,21 @@  Guiding principles for safe access controls
 * Computation related to Landlock operations (e.g. enforcing a ruleset) shall
   only impact the processes requesting them.
 
+Design choices
+==============
+
+Filesystem access rights
+------------------------
+
+All access rights are tied to an inode and what can be accessed through it.
+Reading the content of a directory doesn't imply to be allowed to read the
+content of a listed inode.  Indeed, a file name is local to its parent
+directory, and an inode can be referenced by multiple file names thanks to
+(hard) links.  Being able to unlink a file only has a direct impact on the
+directory, not the unlinked inode.  This is the reason why
+`LANDLOCK_ACCESS_FS_REMOVE_FILE` or `LANDLOCK_ACCESS_FS_REFER` are not allowed
+to be tied to files but only to directories.
+
 Tests
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