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Re: [PATCH] LSM networking: skb hooks for 2.5.42 (2/7)

To: "David S. Miller" <davem@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] LSM networking: skb hooks for 2.5.42 (2/7)
From: Greg KH <greg@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2002 13:12:09 -0700
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On Tue, Oct 15, 2002 at 12:45:02PM -0700, David S. Miller wrote:
>    From: Greg KH <greg@xxxxxxxxx>
>    Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2002 12:45:45 -0700
>    Fair enough, mind if I create a CONFIG_SECURITY_NETWORK that we can use
>    for this?
> Why special case networking?  Do it for everything.
> 2.5.x can use all the help it can get in the debloating
> department.  It's currently busting at the seams.
> security/*.o takes up space in my kernel and achieves ABSOLUTELY
> NOTHING but take up space, the same goes for all the security_ops->()
> invocations all over the place.

Those invocations also take up no measurable time :)

Yes, the size of the *.o files in the security directory can be shrunk a
   text    data     bss     dec     hex filename
   6765     776       8    7549    1d7d built-in.o
   3280     392       4    3676     e5c capability.o
   1772     384       0    2156     86c dummy.o
   1713       0       4    1717     6b5 security.o

The majority of this size is the multiple "NULL" hook functions.  The
developers have had a few ideas on how to fix this issue, and will be
worked on.  I can also shrink security.o by fixing a function that
doesn't need to be inlined.  But most of the logic in capability.o
previously used to be in kernel/capability.c, and that file has shrunk a

> You must allow the user to config this stuff out of their tree.

No, I only think the network stuff should be allowed to be compiled
away, not the other hooks (ipc and vfs).

We will work on this, and submit a network patch that is able to be
compiled away.

BTW, is the existing security value in struct skbuff used for anything?
I see where it is set to zero, and then copied a few times, but never
set.  Am I missing something?


greg k-h

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