I have started implementing an arch string patch. Unfortunately, i did
not manage to finish it before I had to leave the office today.
In essence I did this:
The regex_arch_string has three components: the pointer width determined
by sizeof(void*), PCRE2_SIZE width determined by sizeof(), and
endianess determined by

For example, the resulting string for x86_64 and aarch64el should look like
this: "8-8-el".

I bumped the compiled context version number and added the string
right after the version in the output.

On Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 3:52 PM, Stephen Smalley <s...@tycho.nsa.gov> wrote:

> On 09/16/2016 09:31 AM, Jason Zaman wrote:
> > On Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 06:15:01AM -0700, William Roberts wrote:
> >> On Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 6:09 AM, Janis Danisevskis <jda...@google.com>
> wrote:
> >>> I don't mind. Then before sefcontext_compile -r gets widely adapted we
> >>> should change the semantic quickly. I'll prepare a patch.
> >>
> >> Did I miss something and this was merged? Iv'e been out recovering
> >> from a surgery so I haven't been
> >> following this as well as I normally would have,
> >>
> >> If its merged, just leave it.
> >
> > Its the very latest thing in master yeah, but I do also agree with
> changing it.
> >
> > I just wanted to add that from a distro perspective, compiling things by
> > default makes more sense. In gentoo, the package post_install runs
> > sefcontext_compile. Using the fcontext files happens a lot more than any
> > updates to libselinux (and thus potential format changes) so I'm pretty
> > sure most people would prefer to have the speedup.
> >
> > Gentoo does it on the machine itself, I am not sure about redhat or
> > debian but I wouldnt be surprised if they do it per-arch at the very
> > least so cross-arch probably isnt an issue.
> In Red Hat, SELinux policy is noarch, and they switched to precompiling
> both policy and file_contexts.bin at build time to minimize the cost at
> package install time.  Otherwise, in small VMs, they had issues with
> running out of memory during semodule -B.  So file_contexts.bin
> presently has to be arch-independent, or we need the arch properties
> detection logic and fallback.  That said, none of this matters unless
> you build with USE_PCRE2=y, and no one outside of Android is doing that
> today.
> > Also, I think we should add the arch to the version string stored. I
> > would rather have false negatives than positives especially since we are
> > not 100% sure exactly what part of the arch is important. We can always
> > loosen it up later if that gets locked down.
> We don't want the arch string itself, because that would invalidate use
> of file_contexts.bin entirely on typical Android use cases (build on
> x86_64, install to ARM), but only the relevant properties.  And for
> Android, that is fatal - there is no file_contexts text file on which to
> fallback anymore.  They only ship file_contexts.bin.
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