[Dev] enforcing priviliges of web apps

Kis, Zoltan zoltan.kis at intel.com
Thu May 15 18:16:49 GMT 2014

On Thu, May 15, 2014 at 7:24 PM, Rafał Krypa <r.krypa at samsung.com> wrote:
> On 2014-05-15 11:59, Kis, Zoltan wrote:
> Here we have options.
> A. Security (service) proxy is the only enforcement point. Dominig's
> proposal.
> In this case the EP is totally transparent and inherits the app identity.
> We need to solve how the browser process will know to pop up a user
> dialog for permissions.
> Also, all API's that are accessed by the web runtime need to be
> exposed by the service proxy, which is a huge work with huge delay.
> B. There may be multiple enforcement points (EP, dbus-daemon,
> service-proxy). This allows direct DBUS access from apps, and in the
> rest works like in A. Sub-options:
> 1.) EP is also enforcement point, and part of the system. Then, EP
> checks if access is allowed, either by
> a) asking Cynara, or
> b) EP caches policy data from Cynara (with an update/sync mechanism
> for that data) and makes a local decision, which is much faster than
> a).
> 2.) EP is not an enforcement point (only dbus-daemon and service-proxy
> are). Then it works like in A, but EP would have direct access to DBUS
> API's, making the transition much easier, and the work much lighter
> than in A.
> In either case, you can reuse the upper part of your design.
> Currently only A. is a proposal, although B. is forming up to be a
> proposal, too.
> The issue is still debated in the architecture forum, but IMO it would
> be enough if security experts would analyze both, publish it here, and
> select one of them (A, B1a, B1b, or B2). So far the analysis part is
> not clear (except for A). Personally, I would be fine with either B1b
> or B2.
> If EP is going to be an actual process making the access to protected
> resources and services then I don't think it's a good point for enforcement.
> If I understood correctly, there will be one EP per application and it will
> run with user's UID and application's Smack label. In such case I would vote
> for option B2. Option B1 doesn't protect against applications hijacking
> their EPs and running malicious code in it, bypassing the enforcement.

In the case EP is an enforcement point, obviously it would not inherit
the app's identity - then it's an enforcement point and we use Xu
Zhang's design with only slight changes (using the Cynara lib for
permission checks).

Best regards,

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