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    [PATCH] Keys: Make request-key create an authorisation key · 3e30148c
    David Howells authored
    The attached patch makes the following changes:
     (1) There's a new special key type called ".request_key_auth".
         This is an authorisation key for when one process requests a key and
         another process is started to construct it. This type of key cannot be
         created by the user; nor can it be requested by kernel services.
         Authorisation keys hold two references:
         (a) Each refers to a key being constructed. When the key being
         	 constructed is instantiated the authorisation key is revoked,
         	 rendering it of no further use.
         (b) The "authorising process". This is either:
         	 (i) the process that called request_key(), or:
         	 (ii) if the process that called request_key() itself had an
         	      authorisation key in its session keyring, then the authorising
         	      process referred to by that authorisation key will also be
         	      referred to by the new authorisation key.
    	 This means that the process that initiated a chain of key requests
    	 will authorise the lot of them, and will, by default, wind up with
    	 the keys obtained from them in its keyrings.
     (2) request_key() creates an authorisation key which is then passed to
         /sbin/request-key in as part of a new session keyring.
     (3) When request_key() is searching for a key to hand back to the caller, if
         it comes across an authorisation key in the session keyring of the
         calling process, it will also search the keyrings of the process
         specified therein and it will use the specified process's credentials
         (fsuid, fsgid, groups) to do that rather than the calling process's
         This allows a process started by /sbin/request-key to find keys belonging
         to the authorising process.
     (4) A key can be read, even if the process executing KEYCTL_READ doesn't have
         direct read or search permission if that key is contained within the
         keyrings of a process specified by an authorisation key found within the
         calling process's session keyring, and is searchable using the
         credentials of the authorising process.
         This allows a process started by /sbin/request-key to read keys belonging
         to the authorising process.
     (5) The magic KEY_SPEC_*_KEYRING key IDs when passed to KEYCTL_INSTANTIATE or
         KEYCTL_NEGATE will specify a keyring of the authorising process, rather
         than the process doing the instantiation.
     (6) One of the process keyrings can be nominated as the default to which
         request_key() should attach new keys if not otherwise specified. This is
         done with KEYCTL_SET_REQKEY_KEYRING and one of the KEY_REQKEY_DEFL_*
         constants. The current setting can also be read using this call.
     (7) request_key() is partially interruptible. If it is waiting for another
         process to finish constructing a key, it can be interrupted. This permits
         a request-key cycle to be broken without recourse to rebooting.
    Signed-Off-By: default avatarDavid Howells <dhowells@redhat.com>
    Signed-Off-By: default avatarBenoit Boissinot <benoit.boissinot@ens-lyon.org>
    Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
    Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>