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[Xen-devel] [PATCH v2] flask: change default state to enforcing

The previous default of "permissive" is meant for developing or
debugging a disaggregated system.  However, this default makes it too
easy to accidentally boot a machine in this state, which does not place
any restrictions on guests.  This is not suitable for normal systems
because any guest can perform any operation (including operations like
rebooting the machine, kexec, and reading or writing another domain's

This change will cause the boot to fail if you do not specify an XSM
policy during boot; if you need to load a policy from dom0, use the
"flask=late" boot parameter.

Original patch by Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk <konrad.wilk@xxxxxxxxxx>; modified
to also change the default value of flask_enforcing so that the policy
is not still in permissive mode.  This also removes the (no longer
documented) command line argument directly changing that variable since
it has been superseded by the flask= parameter.

Signed-off-by: Daniel De Graaf <dgdegra@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Changes from v1: move the setting of flask_enforcing to flask_init
instead of needing to set and reset it in parse_flask_param.

 docs/misc/xen-command-line.markdown |  2 +-
 docs/misc/xsm-flask.txt             | 12 ++++++------
 xen/xsm/flask/flask_op.c            | 11 ++---------
 xen/xsm/flask/hooks.c               |  3 +++
 4 files changed, 12 insertions(+), 16 deletions(-)

diff --git a/docs/misc/xen-command-line.markdown 
index ca77e3b..9e77f8a 100644
--- a/docs/misc/xen-command-line.markdown
+++ b/docs/misc/xen-command-line.markdown
@@ -662,7 +662,7 @@ to use the default.
 ### flask
 > `= permissive | enforcing | late | disabled`
-> Default: `permissive`
+> Default: `enforcing`
 Specify how the FLASK security server should be configured.  This option is 
 available if the hypervisor was compiled with XSM support (which can be enabled
diff --git a/docs/misc/xsm-flask.txt b/docs/misc/xsm-flask.txt
index fb2fe9f..00a2b13 100644
--- a/docs/misc/xsm-flask.txt
+++ b/docs/misc/xsm-flask.txt
@@ -283,12 +283,12 @@ for passthrough, run:
 This command must be rerun on each boot or after any policy reload.
-The example policy was only tested with simple domain creation and may be
-missing rules allowing accesses by dom0 or domU when a number of hypervisor
-features are used. When first loading or writing a policy, you should run FLASK
-in permissive mode (the default) and check the Xen logs (xl dmesg) for AVC
-denials before using it in enforcing mode (flask_enforcing=1 on the command
-line, or xl setenforce).
+When first loading or writing a policy, you should run FLASK in permissive mode
+(flask=permissive on the command line) and check the Xen logs (xl dmesg) for 
+denials before using it in enforcing mode (the default value of the boot
+parameter, which can also be changed using xl setenforce).  When using the
+default types for domains (domU_t), the example policy shipped with Xen should
+allow the same operations on or between domains as when not using FLASK.
 MLS/MCS policy
diff --git a/xen/xsm/flask/flask_op.c b/xen/xsm/flask/flask_op.c
index 3c9c99e..ea903a7 100644
--- a/xen/xsm/flask/flask_op.c
+++ b/xen/xsm/flask/flask_op.c
@@ -25,12 +25,11 @@
 #define _copy_to_guest copy_to_guest
 #define _copy_from_guest copy_from_guest
-enum flask_bootparam_t __read_mostly flask_bootparam = 
+enum flask_bootparam_t __read_mostly flask_bootparam = 
 static void parse_flask_param(char *s);
 custom_param("flask", parse_flask_param);
-bool_t __read_mostly flask_enforcing = 0;
-boolean_param("flask_enforcing", flask_enforcing);
+bool_t __read_mostly flask_enforcing = 1;
 #define MAX_POLICY_SIZE 0x4000000
@@ -64,15 +63,9 @@ extern struct xsm_operations *original_ops;
 static void __init parse_flask_param(char *s)
     if ( !strcmp(s, "enforcing") )
-    {
-        flask_enforcing = 1;
         flask_bootparam = FLASK_BOOTPARAM_ENFORCING;
-    }
     else if ( !strcmp(s, "late") )
-    {
-        flask_enforcing = 1;
         flask_bootparam = FLASK_BOOTPARAM_LATELOAD;
-    }
     else if ( !strcmp(s, "disabled") )
         flask_bootparam = FLASK_BOOTPARAM_DISABLED;
     else if ( !strcmp(s, "permissive") )
diff --git a/xen/xsm/flask/hooks.c b/xen/xsm/flask/hooks.c
index 1eaec58..118c3e6 100644
--- a/xen/xsm/flask/hooks.c
+++ b/xen/xsm/flask/hooks.c
@@ -1845,6 +1845,9 @@ static __init void flask_init(void)
+        flask_enforcing = 0;
+        break;

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