17.6. Module Configuration

Every module included with the MAC framework may be either compiled into the kernel as noted above or loaded as a run-time kernel module. The recommended method is to add the module name to the /boot/loader.conf file so that it will load during the initial boot operation.

The following sections will discuss the various MAC modules and cover their features. Implementing them into a specific environment will also be a consideration of this chapter. Some modules support the use of labeling, which is controlling access by enforcing a label such as «this is allowed and this is not». A label configuration file may control how files may be accessed, network communication can be exchanged, and more. The previous section showed how the multilabel flag could be set on file systems to enable per-file or per-partition access control.

A single label configuration would enforce only one label across the system, that is why the tunefs option is called multilabel.

17.6.1. The MAC seeotheruids Module

Module name: mac_seeotheruids.ko

Kernel configuration line: options MAC_SEEOTHERUIDS

Boot option: mac_seeotheruids_load="YES"

The mac_seeotheruids(4) module mimics and extends the security.bsd.see_other_uids and security.bsd.see_other_gids sysctl tunables. This option does not require any labels to be set before configuration and can operate transparently with the other modules.

After loading the module, the following sysctl tunables may be used to control the features:

  • security.mac.seeotheruids.enabled will enable the module's features and use the default settings. These default settings will deny users the ability to view processes and sockets owned by other users.

  • security.mac.seeotheruids.specificgid_enabled will allow a certain group to be exempt from this policy. To exempt specific groups from this policy, use the security.mac.seeotheruids.specificgid=XXX sysctl tunable. In the above example, the XXX should be replaced with the numeric group ID to be exempted.

  • security.mac.seeotheruids.primarygroup_enabled is used to exempt specific primary groups from this policy. When using this tunable, the security.mac.seeotheruids.specificgid_enabled may not be set.

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