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Re: [equinox-dev] OSGi security manager in Equinox

The equinox launcher is what I had in mind.
I've opened a bug to track that enhancement.

Thanks for your help,
Borislav

On Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 9:47 PM, Thomas Watson <tjwatson@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Which launcher are you interested in particular?

There is the standard OSGi launching API (org.osgi.framework.launch) which
Equinox implements with the org.eclipse.osgi.launch.EquinoxFactory class.
This API is meant to be used by a launcher implementation as a standard way
of constructing and initializing an OSGi Framework instance.  In my view it
would not be correct to add anything to the standard OSGi launching API
implementation for auto configuring permissions.  This should be left in
the hands of the code that invokes the standard OSGi launching API.  So if
you are using the standard OSGi launching API to launch Equinox I think you
should place your logic for setting permissions in your own code which is
constructing the Framework instance.

There is also the equinox launcher (implemented with the
org.eclipse.equinox.launcher jar).  This jar is used by the native
eclipse.exe launcher to startup the typical eclipse installation (IDE, RCP
etc.).  This jar ends up using the eclipse specific launching class
org.eclipse.core.runtime.adaptor.EclipseStarter.  We could consider adding
an option to this launch path to setup the initial permissions.  If this is
what you are interested in then please open a bug.

Tom




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Thanks for the clarification. I was really hoping this could be achieved
with a standard launcher.
Do you feel it would be beneficial to users if the equinox.launcher could
optionally configure the [Conditional]PermissionAdmin with specified
permissions?
I'm willing to contribute :)

Best Regards
Borislav

-----Original Message-----
From: equinox-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx [
mailto:equinox-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Thomas Watson
Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2011 7:01 PM
To: Equinox development mailing list
Subject: Re: [equinox-dev] OSGi security manager in Equinox

You should never edit the .permdata file directly.  That file is an
implementation detail for the framework that is used to persistently store
the cond perm admin table as managed by the [Conditional]PermissionAdmin
services.

The launcher should configure the cond perm admin table the same way as a
normal bundle, by using the [Conditional]PermissionAdmin service.  The way
your custom launcher figures out what to populate the
[Conditional]PermissionAdmin service with is an implementation detail of
your launcher.  You could use your own file or some other mechanism to
drive the code in your launcher to call the methods on the
[Conditional]PermissionAdmin service.

Tom





 From:       "Kapukaranov, Borislav" <borislav.kapukaranov@xxxxxxx>


 To:         Equinox development mailing list <equinox-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx>,


 Date:       12/08/2011 10:37 AM


 Subject:    Re: [equinox-dev] OSGi security manager in Equinox







I agree, this is the best place and a regular bundle after that will do.
The trick is to initialize the table in the first place.
I couldn't find a documented way to do that. One pointer I think might be
relevant, judging on the code, is the .permdata file that is read when a
new BasePermissionStorage is created. I'm not really sure where this file
should be placed, but I assume in "/configuration/org.eclipse.osgi"?

Do you know of that's the right way to initialize the conditional
permission table? Also what should be the syntax of that file?
If there's another way I'm all ears :)
Also I got the impression this initialization can be achieved with the
standard launcher, right?

Thanks,
Borislav

-----Original Message-----
From: equinox-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx [
mailto:equinox-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Thomas Watson
Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2011 4:26 PM
To: Equinox development mailing list
Subject: Re: [equinox-dev] OSGi security manager in Equinox

Hi Borislav,

Your intuition is correct.  The best place for setting the initial
conditional permission table is in the launcher after initializing the
framework (Framework.init()) with an empty storage area.  But after that I
think using a normal bundle (configurator type bundle) to do the ongoing
management of the permission table is fine.

Tom





 From:       Borislav Kapukaranov <b.kapukaranov@xxxxxxxxx>


 To:         Equinox development mailing list <equinox-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx>,


 Date:       12/07/2011 09:59 PM


 Subject:    Re: [equinox-dev] OSGi security manager in Equinox







Thanks Tom, that was really helpful.


At this point I wonder if the only way to configure a secure framework is
to make sure you start a bundle right after the framework has booted which
will configure the (C)PA?
Any other ways to achieve that in addition to having a custom launcher? I'm
looking for a best practice here :-)
Why custom launcher - I suppose that's safer because it won't be affected
by any provisioning mechanism that can reorder your bundles' start or
rewrite your config.ini.


Thanks,
Borislav


On Dec 7, 2011 8:56 PM, "Thomas Watson" <tjwatson@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
 The policy file (specified by java.security.policy) is only used by class
 loaders that extend SecureClassloader.  So things like the
 URLClassLoader,
 the application and extension class loader etc.  A bundle's class loader
 does not pay attention to the java.security.policy file.

 The protection domains used by the OSGi bundle class loaders are only
 configured by the ConditionalPermissionAdmin and the deprecated
 PermissionAdmin services.  By default if no permissions are set through
 the
 [Conditional]PermissionAdmin services then the bundles get AllPermission
 by
 default.  Section 50.11 of the Core OSGi specification gives more details
 on this.

 Tom





  From:       Borislav Kapukaranov <b.kapukaranov@xxxxxxxxx>

  To:         Equinox development mailing list <equinox-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx>,

  Date:       12/07/2011 11:18 AM

  Subject:    [equinox-dev] OSGi security manager in Equinox






 Hi folks,

 I'm playing with OSGi's security manager in Equinox and the
 implementation
 of the Conditional Permissions Admin called SecurityAdmin.
 My setup is Equinox + some other bundles. This is launched by the
 equinox.launcher and I've passed the following as system properties:
 -Declipse.security=osgi
 -Djava.security.policy="my.policy
 The policy looks like that
 keystore "myKeystore";
 grant signedBy "myself" {
 permission java.security.AllPermission;
 };
 I have signed all bundles in /plugins with that keystore and granted them
 all premissions with the policy.

 The first thing I noticed is that without a policy file the framework
 still
 starts. That is because when we are in OSGi security mode the launcher
 adds
 all permissions to itself and the framework.
 I created a simple bundle that in its Activator creates a directory at a
 location different from it's data file. It doesn't have any local
 permissions.
 The call went into the EquinoxSecurityManager then started checking for
 implied permissions at the AccessControlContext. The important point is
 checking the Protection Domains. It went through two of them:
 1. The system bundle's protection domain as the system bundle triggered
 the
 Activator of my bundle.
 2. The bundle's protection domain, probably for local permissions.
 1) has all permission as it is the framework and 2) doesn't have any
 local
 permission therefore by specification gets AllPermission.
 So far so good.

 My question is how the EquinoxSecurityManager is expected to be
 configured?
 From what I've seen the policy file syntax doesn't support the permission
 syntax defined in the OSGi specification(ALLOW, DENY).
 Does that mean OSGi's security manager is configured only by a bundle
 interacting with the Conditional Permission Admin service?
 Also does the policy file play any role at all in such setup? I suspect
 it's relevant only for pure Java security setup.

 Thanks,
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