Daniel Kopeček: IPC interface access control

I have already covered how to configure usbguard-daemon IPC access control in a previous post.
However, the 0.7.0 release introduced another way to configure the same thing with more control over who can do what.

Previously, one could only enable a user or group to use the whole IPC interface.
With the new ACL system, the access can be limited to specific sections of the interface and specific privileges inside that section.

The available sections and privileges are:

  • Section: Devices
    • modify: Change authorization state of devices including
      permanent changes (i.e. modification of device specific rules in
      the policy).
    • list: Ability to get a list of recognized devices and their
      attributes.
    • listen: Listen to device presence and device policy
      changes.
  • Section: Policy
    • modify: Append rules to or remove any rules from the poli‐
      cy.
    • list: Ability to view the currently enforced policy.
  • Section: Exceptions
    • listen: Receive exception messages.
  • Section: Parameters
    • modify: Set values of run‐time parameters.
    • list: Get values of run‐time parameters.

To use this new system, you first have to modify the usbguard-daemon configuration and set the IPCAccessControlFiles setting to point to a location where the ACL definition files will be stored, for example: /etc/usbguard/IPCAccessControl.d/.

Once set, you can use the usbguard CLI to define the ACL. For example:

$ sudo usbguard add-user joe --devices ALL --policy list,listen --exceptions ALL

That command will enable user joe to have full access to the Devices and Exceptions sections. In addition, joe will be able to list the policy and listen to policy signals.

To remove the definition, use:

$ sudo usbguard remove-user joe


Source From: fedoraplanet.org.
Original article title: Daniel Kopeček: IPC interface access control.
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