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Re: [opensuse-factory] Re: [PLEASE SPEAK UP] Disabling legacy file systems by default?
Hi Simon- I would challenge you to examine the feasibility of such a
containment across the entirety of the storage subsystem as this ought
to be a significant value add to SLES customers, not to mention
openSUSE users. As far as I'm aware it is not necessary to disable
features of a subsystem to eliminate its attack surface.

Per my previous reply to Martin Wilck, I would not complain should all
file systems be "made secure" however I don't think that is necessary
as all file systems have already had or willl very likely have in the
future a security vulnerability discovered such that work becomes
necessary to correct the vulnerability. In lieu of addressing each
insecure file systems through correction or disablement, the attack
surface could be eliminated instead vis-à-vis some sort of virtualized
layer between the subsystem and its connecting components.

In lieu of a virtualized layer between the subsystem and its connecting
components, I suppose disabling the file systems would eliminate the
current risk, but does not address future risk to any sort of CVE
bulletin or other discovery regarding file system vulnerability. I
strongly recommend addressing the root cause of this attack surface
rather than reducing the size of the surface itself.

Best, Jim

On Fri, 2019-02-01 at 17:22 +1030, Simon Lees wrote:

On 01/02/2019 05:35, Jim E Bonfiglio wrote:
Hi Jim- I do have several horses in this race, and while it may be
sensible in the near-term it does not address the underlying issue
insecure file systems regardless of their implementation.

Per my previous reply, I strongly recommend the security risk be
contained so that any file system regardless of its
risks/vulnerabilities can be utilized. Pretty much all file systems
have had or eventually will be a security risk regardless of
implementation. Addressing this risk now should prevent future

Best, Jim

Such a containment across every filesystem is likely not possible
otherwise we would already have it, the maintainers of the subsystem
care about it enough to make it as secure as possible, likely to
attack surfaces across the whole subsystem you'd have to start
features that people care about and use. The only software with no
attack surfaces is a piece of software not capable of doing anything.

Fixing the issues in existing implementations takes time and effort
clearly no one is stepping up to do this on older filesystems and
as they don't have a business case for it SUSE is also not investing
such fixes and as such is disabling such filesystems. I think in this
case openSUSE would be wise to adopt the same practices (unless
misteriously shows up in the community willing to work on addressing
existing issues).


Simon Lees (Simotek)

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