[systemd-devel] [PATCH] core: check system call auditing is enabled

Kay Sievers kay at vrfy.org
Tue Feb 19 12:49:47 PST 2013

On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 9:06 PM, Kok, Auke-jan H
<auke-jan.h.kok at intel.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM, Jon Masters <jonathan at jonmasters.org> wrote:
>> From: Jon Masters <jcm at jonmasters.org>
>> Systemd relies upon CONFIG_AUDITSYSCALL support being present in the kernel.
>> This is because systemd-logind calls audit_session_from_pid, which uses
>> /proc/self/sessionid to determine whether an existing session is being
>> replaced as part of e.g. a call to sudo, pkexec, or similar. Without
>> support for system call auditing, these commands will silently fail as
>> their session is killed immediately after it is created by systemd.
>> For now, add a check after the existing cgroups test, but in the future
>> these functions should all move into a generic check_kconfig function
>> that tests all of the configured kernel options, including these for
>> compliance with the evolving base platform requirements of systemd.
>> Signed-off-by: Jon Masters <jcm at jonmasters.org>
> Hmmm
> The security folks here really dislike CONFIG_AUDIT* as (I understand
> from them) it potentially leaks confidential information... This
> message now comes out rather blunt to those folks who wish to disable
> it... I'm not sure I'll appreciate the console spam from this message.
> Is this really necessary?

Systemd is supposed to work just fine without any audit stuff. The
issue is a more a bug in systemd that should be fixed, not audit be


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