15.14. Implementing a Secure Environment with MAC

The following demonstration will implement a secure environment using various MAC modules with properly configured policies. This is only a test and should not be considered the complete answer to everyone's security woes. Just implementing a policy and ignoring it never works and could be disastrous in a production environment.

Before beginning this process, the multilabel option must be set on each file system as stated at the beginning of this chapter. Not doing so will result in errors.

15.14.1. Create an insecure User Class

Begin the procedure by adding the following user class to the /etc/login.conf file:

:manpath=/usr/share/man /usr/local/man:\

And adding the following line to the default user class:


Once this is completed, the following command must be issued to rebuild the database:

# cap_mkdb /etc/login.conf

15.14.2. Boot with the Correct Modules

Add the following lines to /boot/loader.conf so the required modules will load during system initialization:


15.14.3. Set All Users to Insecure

All user accounts that are not root or system users will now require a login class. The login class is required otherwise users will be refused access to common commands such as vi(1). The following sh script should do the trick:

# for x in `awk -F: '($3 >= 1001) && ($3 != 65534) { print $1 }' \
	/etc/passwd`; do pw usermod $x -L insecure; done;

The cap_mkdb command will need to be run on /etc/master.passwd after this change.

15.14.4. Complete the Configuration

A contexts file should now be created; the following example was taken from Robert Watson's example policy and should be placed in /etc/policy.contexts.

# This is the default BIBA/MLS policy for this system.

.*                              biba/high,mls/high
/sbin/dhclient                  biba/high(low),mls/high(low)
/dev(/.*)?                      biba/equal,mls/equal
# This is not an exhaustive list of all "privileged" devices.
/dev/mdctl                      biba/high,mls/high
/dev/pci                        biba/high,mls/high
/dev/k?mem                      biba/high,mls/high
/dev/io                         biba/high,mls/high
/dev/agp.*                      biba/high,mls/high
(/var)?/tmp(/.*)?               biba/equal,mls/equal
/tmp/\.X11-unix                 biba/high(equal),mls/high(equal)
/tmp/\.X11-unix/.*              biba/equal,mls/equal
/proc(/.*)?                     biba/equal,mls/equal
/mnt.*                          biba/low,mls/low
(/usr)?/home                    biba/high(low),mls/high(low)
(/usr)?/home/.*                 biba/low,mls/low
/var/mail(/.*)?                 biba/low,mls/low
/var/spool/mqueue(/.*)?         biba/low,mls/low
(/mnt)?/cdrom(/.*)?             biba/high,mls/high
(/usr)?/home/(ftp|samba)(/.*)?  biba/high,mls/high
/var/log/sendmail\.st           biba/low,mls/low
/var/run/utmp                   biba/equal,mls/equal
/var/log/(lastlog|wtmp)         biba/equal,mls/equal

This policy will enforce security by setting restrictions on both the downward and upward flow of information with regards to the directories and utilities listed on the left.

This can now be read into our system by issuing the following command:

# setfsmac -ef /etc/policy.contexts /
# setfsmac -ef /etc/policy.contexts /usr


The above file system layout may be different depending on environment.

The /etc/mac.conf file requires the following modifications in the main section:

default_labels file ?biba,?mls
default_labels ifnet ?biba,?mls
default_labels process ?biba,?mls,?partition
default_labels socket ?biba,?mls

15.14.5. Testing the Configuration

Add a user with the adduser command and place that user in the insecure class for these tests.

The examples below will show a mix of root and regular user tests; use the prompt to distinguish between the two. Basic Labeling Tests

% getpmac
# setpmac partition/15,mls/equal top


The top process will be killed before we start another top process. MAC Seeotheruids Tests

% ps Zax
biba/15(15-15),mls/15(15-15),partition/15  1096 #C:  S      0:00.03 -su (bash)
biba/15(15-15),mls/15(15-15),partition/15  1101 #C:  R+     0:00.01 ps Zax

We should not be permitted to see any processes owned by other users. MAC Partition Test

Disable the MAC seeotheruids policy for the rest of these tests:

# sysctl security.mac.seeotheruids.enabled=0
% ps Zax
LABEL                                                   PID  TT  STAT      TIME COMMAND
  biba/equal(low-high),mls/equal(low-high),partition/15  1122 #C:  S+     0:00.02 top
  biba/15(15-15),mls/15(15-15),partition/15              1096 #C:  S      0:00.05 -su (bash)
  biba/15(15-15),mls/15(15-15),partition/15              1123 #C:  R+     0:00.01 ps Zax

All users should be permitted to see every process in their partition. Testing Biba and MLS Labels

# setpmac partition/15,mls/equal,biba/high\(high-high\) top
% ps Zax
LABEL                                                   PID  TT  STAT    TIME   COMMAND
  biba/high(high-high),mls/equal(low-high),partition/15   1251 #C:  S+     0:00.02 top
  biba/15(15-15),mls/15(15-15),partition/15               1096 #C:  S      0:00.06 -su (bash)
  biba/15(15-15),mls/15(15-15),partition/15               1157 #C:  R+     0:00.00 ps Zax

The Biba policy allows us to read higher-labeled objects.

# setpmac partition/15,mls/equal,biba/low top
% ps Zax
LABEL                                       PID  TT  STAT      TIME COMMAND
  biba/15(15-15),mls/15(15-15),partition/15  1096 #C:  S      0:00.07 -su (bash)
  biba/15(15-15),mls/15(15-15),partition/15  1226 #C:  R+     0:00.01 ps Zax

The Biba policy does not allow lower-labeled objects to be read; however, MLS does.

% ifconfig bge0 | grep maclabel
maclabel biba/low(low-low),mls/low(low-low)
% ping -c 1
PING ( 56 data bytes
ping: sendto: Permission denied

Users are unable to ping example.com, or any domain for that matter.

To prevent this error from occurring, run the following command:

# sysctl security.mac.biba.trust_all_interfaces=1

This sets the default interface label to insecure mode, so the default Biba policy label will not be enforced.

# ifconfig bge0 maclabel biba/equal\(low-high\),mls/equal\(low-high\)
% ping -c 1
PING ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=50 time=204.455 ms
--- ping statistics ---
1 packets transmitted, 1 packets received, 0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 204.455/204.455/204.455/0.000 ms

By setting a more correct label, we can issue ping requests.

Now to create a few files for some read and write testing procedures:

# touch test1 test2 test3 test4 test5
# getfmac test1
test1: biba/equal,mls/equal
# setfmac biba/low test1 test2; setfmac biba/high test4 test5; \
  setfmac mls/low test1 test3; setfmac mls/high test2 test4
# setfmac mls/equal,biba/equal test3 && getfmac test?
test1: biba/low,mls/low
test2: biba/low,mls/high
test3: biba/equal,mls/equal
test4: biba/high,mls/high
test5: biba/high,mls/equal
# chown testuser:testuser test?

All of these files should now be owned by our testuser user. And now for some read tests:

% ls
test1   test2   test3   test4   test5
% ls test?
ls: test1: Permission denied
ls: test2: Permission denied
ls: test4: Permission denied
test3   test5

We should not be permitted to observe pairs; e.g.: (biba/low,mls/low), (biba/low,mls/high) and (biba/high,mls/high). And of course, read access should be denied. Now for some write tests:

% for i in `echo test*`; do echo 1 > $i; done
-su: test1: Permission denied
-su: test4: Permission denied
-su: test5: Permission denied

Like with the read tests, write access should not be permitted to write pairs; e.g.: (biba/low,mls/high) and (biba/equal,mls/equal).

% cat test?
cat: test1: Permission denied
cat: test2: Permission denied
cat: test4: Permission denied

And now as root:

# cat test2

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