On 05/01/2012 04:20 PM, Paul Moore wrote:
FIPS 140-2 requires disabling certain ciphers, including DES, which is used
by VNC to obscure passwords when they are sent over the network.  The
solution for FIPS users is to disable the use of VNC password auth when the
host system is operating in FIPS mode.


Sorry, what?

Does FIPS really require software to detect when FIPS is enabled and actively disable features??? That's absurd.

Can you point to another software package that does something like this?

Regards,

Anthony Liguori


This patch causes qemu to emits a syslog entry indicating that VNC password
auth is disabled when it detects the host is running in FIPS mode, and
unless a VNC password was specified on the command line it continues
normally.  However, if a VNC password was given on the command line, qemu
fails with an error message to stderr explaining that that VNC password
auth is not allowed in FIPS mode.

Signed-off-by: Paul Moore<pmo...@redhat.com>
---
  qemu-doc.texi |    8 +++++---
  ui/vnc.c      |   32 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
  ui/vnc.h      |    1 +
  3 files changed, 38 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/qemu-doc.texi b/qemu-doc.texi
index e5d7ac4..f9b113e 100644
--- a/qemu-doc.texi
+++ b/qemu-doc.texi
@@ -1124,9 +1124,11 @@ the protocol limits passwords to 8 characters it should 
not be considered
  to provide high security. The password can be fairly easily brute-forced by
  a client making repeat connections. For this reason, a VNC server using 
password
  authentication should be restricted to only listen on the loopback interface
-or UNIX domain sockets. Password authentication is requested with the 
@code{password}
-option, and then once QEMU is running the password is set with the monitor. 
Until
-the monitor is used to set the password all clients will be rejected.
+or UNIX domain sockets. Password authentication is not supported when operating
+in FIPS 140-2 compliance mode as it requires the use of the DES cipher. 
Password
+authentication is requested with the @code{password} option, and then once QEMU
+is running the password is set with the monitor. Until the monitor is used to
+set the password all clients will be rejected.

  @example
  qemu [...OPTIONS...] -vnc :1,password -monitor stdio
diff --git a/ui/vnc.c b/ui/vnc.c
index deb9ecd..620791e 100644
--- a/ui/vnc.c
+++ b/ui/vnc.c
@@ -32,6 +32,7 @@
  #include "acl.h"
  #include "qemu-objects.h"
  #include "qmp-commands.h"
+#include<syslog.h>

  #define VNC_REFRESH_INTERVAL_BASE 30
  #define VNC_REFRESH_INTERVAL_INC  50
@@ -48,6 +49,24 @@ static DisplayChangeListener *dcl;
  static int vnc_cursor_define(VncState *vs);
  static void vnc_release_modifiers(VncState *vs);

+static int fips_enabled(void)
+{
+    int enabled = 0;
+    char value;
+    FILE *fds;
+
+    fds = fopen("/proc/sys/crypto/fips_enabled", "r");
+    if (fds == NULL) {
+        return 0;
+    }
+    if (fread(&value, sizeof(value), 1, fds) == 1&&  value == '1') {
+        enabled = 1;
+    }
+    fclose(fds);
+
+    return enabled;
+}
+
  static void vnc_set_share_mode(VncState *vs, VncShareMode mode)
  {
  #ifdef _VNC_DEBUG
@@ -2748,6 +2767,12 @@ void vnc_display_init(DisplayState *ds)
      dcl->idle = 1;
      vnc_display = vs;

+    vs->fips = fips_enabled();
+    VNC_DEBUG("FIPS mode %s\n", (vs->fips ? "enabled" : "disabled"));
+    if (vs->fips) {
+        syslog(LOG_NOTICE, "Disabling VNC password auth due to FIPS mode\n");
+    }
+
      vs->lsock = -1;

      vs->ds = ds;
@@ -2892,6 +2917,13 @@ int vnc_display_open(DisplayState *ds, const char 
*display)
      while ((options = strchr(options, ','))) {
          options++;
          if (strncmp(options, "password", 8) == 0) {
+            if (vs->fips) {
+                fprintf(stderr,
+                        "VNC password auth disabled due to FIPS mode\n");
+                g_free(vs->display);
+                vs->display = NULL;
+                return -1;
+            }
              password = 1; /* Require password auth */
          } else if (strncmp(options, "reverse", 7) == 0) {
              reverse = 1;
diff --git a/ui/vnc.h b/ui/vnc.h
index a851ebd..8746a98 100644
--- a/ui/vnc.h
+++ b/ui/vnc.h
@@ -160,6 +160,7 @@ struct VncDisplay
      char *display;
      char *password;
      time_t expires;
+    int fips;
      int auth;
      bool lossy;
      bool non_adaptive;





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