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Upstream has change the structure of the configuration menu for
grsec/pax. The new Kconfig is in hardened-sources-3.4.4-r1 which I have
just added to the tree. I want to alert the list so people are not
surprised upon upgrade. Here's roughly what has changed:
0. The Grsecurity menu now has the follwoing top level items:
Configuration Method (Automatic/Custom)
<- to what extent we choose the config for you
Usage Type (Server/Desktop)
Virtualization Type (None/Guest/Host)
<- is this kernel to be used on a virt guest or virt host or none
... other virt options which are obvious ...
Required Priorities <- Security vs Performance. There are a few
security options like UDEREF that hit up perf
Customize Configuration <- The above gives you a baseline,
but you are not locked into anything like previously,
and you can tweak further here.
1. Gone are Gentoo's predefined HARDENED_SERVER, HARDENED_DESKTOP and
HARDENED_VIRTUALIZATION. There is no need for them anymore as they are
pretty much subsumed under the above. With some minor differences:
HARDENED_SERVER => Type=Server, Priority=Security, Virt=None
HARDENED_DESKTOP => Type=Desktop, Priority=Security, Virt=None
HARDENED_VIRTUALIZATION => Type=Server, Priority=Security Virt=<mixed>
We never did get our HARDENED_VIRTUALIZATION quite right with all the
possible combinations, so I just went with a lowest common denominator
which upstream felt should be better refined. Quite rightly so. When I
started down that path I quickly realized what a quagmire it is.
2. I've tried to keep the Gentoo GIDs where possible. There is one bug
that I've noticed, which I'm passing to upstream. Toggling "Invert GID
option" under TPE does not toggle between our trusted (GID=10) and our
untrusted (GID=100) values. You can change them manually, but since in
Gentoo we want to keep our GIDs in line , we need to change
upstream's default values to ours.
3. I really like what upstream has done. Two things in particular: a)
the granularity of the virt options and 2) the ability to start with
some baseline Automatic config and then tweak. However, give me
feedback because we need to make them work for our users.
Anthony G. Basile, Ph.D.
Gentoo Linux Developer [Hardened]
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