[RFC PATCH ghak9 0/3] audit: Record the path of FDs passed to *at(2) syscalls

Ondrej Mosnacek omosnace at redhat.com
Thu Jul 12 11:36:30 UTC 2018

This patchset is a prototype implementation of the feature requested in GHAK issue #9 [1]. I decided for a simple auxiliary record with just 2 fields (fd and path) that is emitted whenever we want to record the full path for a file descriptor passed to a syscall (e.g. the dirfd argument of openat(2)). I choose this approach because for some syscalls there is more than one file descriptor we might be interested in (a good example is the renameat(2) syscall).

The motivation for this feature (as I understand it) is to avoid the need to reconstruct the paths corresponding to the file descriptors passed to syscalls, as this might be difficult and time consuming or even impossible in case not all of the right sycalls are being logged. Note that it is always possible to disable these records by simply adding an exclude filter rule matching all records of type FD_PATH.

At this moment I only implement logging for a single syscall (openat(2)) to keep it simple. In the final version I plan to add support for other similar syscalls ()mkdirat, mknodeat, fchownat, ...).

Please let me know if the general approach and the proposed record format make sense to you so I can improve/complete the solution.


[1] https://github.com/linux-audit/audit-kernel/issues/9

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