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Re: veriexec mishap after system update

On Wed, Aug 05, 2009 at 01:49:46AM +0300, Stathis Kamperis wrote:
> After a system upgrade, I forgot (although I usually do) to re-run
> veriexecgen and I ended up with an unusable system. During boot, some
> binaries, which were updated, generated hash mismatches (reasonable)
> and I couldn't even login. I had to hard reset the system, boot up
> single user mode, fsck my partitions, edit rc.conf to not load
> veriexec, reboot, regenerate the hashes and enable it again in
> rc.conf.

Well, at least you know it is effective ;) (you have to allow me a bit
of humour here... I cannot count the number of times some bug or other
caused me the same sort of grief when I was developing veriexec)

> It is doable, it's just inconvenient. I think it should be documented
> or perhaps be automated in some way.

Documented, yes, automated no.  I strongly believe that this sort of
security enforement needs to be thought about when updating.

I think another bullet point in the "things to remember" section would
probably be a good approach.

Brett Lymn
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