[sugar] Initial Security Patches
Wed Aug 1 00:24:05 EDT 2007
On Tue, 2007-07-31 at 14:20 +0100, Simon McVittie wrote:
> On Mon, 30 Jul 2007 at 16:21:36 -0400, Michael Stone wrote:
> > @dbus.service.signal(_DBUS_OWNER_IFACE, signature="s")
> > def CurrentActivityChanged(self, activity_id):
> > - pass
> > + if os.path.exists('/etc/olpc-security'):
> > + self.rainbow.activity_changed(activity_id)
> Minor: It's conventional for D-Bus methods to be named in CamelCase.
I don't care much whether we follow this convention or the PEP-8
"Function names should be lowercase, with words separated by
underscores as necessary to improve readability."
> More major: This looks like an example of the same method/signal
> naming inversion we have in Telepathy's streamed media interfaces (which we
> consider to be a bug). Methods should be verbs, like ChangeActivity;
> signals should be events, like ActivityChanged. Can't Rainbow just
> listen for _DBUS_OWNER_IFACE::CurrentActivityChanged? If you're implementing
> Rainbow in Python, that's spelt:
> bus = dbus.SessionBus()
> bus.add_signal_receiver(some_callback, 'CurrentActivityChanged',
Rainbow runs as root; hence, it is statically prevented from connecting to the
DBus session bus by the DBus access control checks. Options include:
1) Do what we presently do.
2) Modify DBus to make an exception to this access check.
3) Have Sugar also send the signal on the system bus.
We leaned towards number (1) because it is minimally invasive and because it
suggests a good future path for gating activity-foregrounding request should
this prove necessary.
No. (2), though technically possible and in some ways, convenient, is not going
to fly with the DBus upstream maintainers because it's not a good general
If (3) is dramatically more palatable than (1), I don't mind switching now.
> If you only want to respond to CurrentActivityChanged from the process
> or object that ought to be emitting it, you can also specify a bus name
> or object path, or you can use connect_to_signal() on a proxy for that
This is good to know; however, insofar as we care, we actually care about
preventing unauthorized processes from sending the signal. In fact, "Sugar"
understood broadly is the only group of processes that will be allowed to send
messages to Rainbow.
> If you must use a method call for some technical reason, it'd be less
> astonishing if it was called something like ChangeCurrentActivity.
Not a problem.
> Proxy objects trigger an Introspect() call every time they're created,
> so you may want to cache this proxy object for use in future launches.
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