And now, 31 days later...


... the Gentoo Hardened team had its monthly online meeting again ;-)

On the agenda were the usual suspects, such as the toolchain. In this category, Zorry mentioned that he has a fix for GCC 4.8.1 for the hardenedno* and vanilla gcc-config options which will be added to the tree after some more testing. The problem is that with GCC 4.8, certain settings need to be set sooner than before (in the code path), which is what the fix focuses on. The ASAN issue is still unresolved, but otherwise GCC 4.8 is working fine.

On SELinux, the policycoreutils package has been bumped to include support for mcstrans, a translation daemon that visualizes humanly readable strings instead of the standard sensitivity/category sets in case of MCS/MLS policies.

Regarding documentation, the wiki team (most notably a3li) is working hard to support project pages on the Gentoo Wiki. Once we can, we will be moving our project page with all related documentation to the wiki, allowing for easier documentation development and a more modern look. To support this, an XML-to-wiki stylesheet is available that translates ProjectXML and GuideXML to the wiki language.

During the meeting, we also mentioned the stabilization policy (or at least, no-longer-stabilization) of the vanilla sources (plain Linux kernel sources). This doesn't immediately effect the hardened project, but is important to know nonetheless, especially for users of hardened technologies that are in the main kernel already (like SELinux or IMA/EVM) as they have to be aware to either use the latest (regardless of the keywords in use) or switch to gentoo-sources or (preferably) hardened-sources.

For uclibc support, the stages will be provided every 2 months rather than every month as this is a resource-intensive process that isn't fully automated yet (except for amd64 and x86 which are automated).

Finally, on PaX and grSecurity support, the XATTR patch for tmpfs is now in the kernel, and the problem about loosing PaX markings during installation is fixed as Portage ( and higher) now preserves the flags during installation (a wrapper on install is used that preserves usr.pax.flags).