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A Linux Sandboxing Scheme

This is LSMSB, a sandboxing scheme for Linux based on the ideas of the OS X
sandbox (which, in turn, was inspired by TrustedBSD and FreeBSD).

Imagine that you're working on a university computer and you get a binary which
promises to do some fiendishly complex calculation, reading from a file ./input
and writing to a file ./output. It also talks to a specific server to access a
pre-computed lookup table. You want to run it, but you don't want to have to
trust that it won't do anything malicious (save giving the wrong answer).

This code is incomplete, but currently you can take a sandbox specification
like this:

filter dentry-open {
  constants {
    var etc-prefix bytestring = "/etc/";
  }

  ldc r2,etc-prefix;
  isprefixof r2,r2,r0;
  jc r2,#fail;
  ldi r0,1;
  ret r0;
#fail:
  ldi r0,0;
  ret r0;
}

... and use it to remove access to /etc.

*** This code functions, but is incomplete ***

It's written in a literate programming style, but the derived sources are
included so that you don't have to bother with that in order to build. You'll
need a recent (> 2.6.30-rc1) kernel in order to apply the included patch. Once
you've applied the patch, drop lsmsb.c into security/lsmsb and rebuild.

You can assemble a sandbox file with:
  ./lsmsb-as sandbox-input.sb > sandbox
And then run a shell in the sandbox with:
  ./lsmsb-install sandbox

To read the code, see http://www.imperialviolet.org/binary/lsmsb.html

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