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  1. OpenShift Authentication
  2. AUTH-351

Impact don't enforce PSa in 4.13



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      We're asking the following questions to evaluate whether or not OCPBUGS-8710 warrants changing update recommendations from either the previous X.Y or X.Y.Z. The ultimate goal is to avoid recommending an update which introduces new risk or reduces cluster functionality in any way. In the absence of a declared update risk (the status quo), there is some risk that the existing fleet updates into the at-risk releases. Depending on the bug and estimated risk, leaving the update risk undeclared may be acceptable.

      Sample answers are provided to give more context and the ImpactStatementRequested label has been added to OCPBUGS-8710. When responding, please move this ticket to Code Review. The expectation is that the assignee answers these questions.

      Which 4.y.z to 4.y'.z' updates increase vulnerability?

      • reasoning: This allows us to populate from and to in conditional update recommendations for "the $SOURCE_RELEASE to $TARGET_RELEASE update is exposed.
      • example: Customers upgrading from any 4.12.z to any 4.13 release. Use oc adm upgrade to show your current cluster version.

      Which types of clusters?

      • reasoning: This allows us to populate matchingRules in conditional update recommendations for "clusters like $THIS".
      • example: Clusters with PodSecurityViolation alerts firing. Check your vulnerability with the following PromQL count (alerts{alertname="PodSecurityViolation",alertstate="firing"}) > 0.

      The two questions above are sufficient to declare an initial update risk, and we would like as much detail as possible on them as quickly as you can get it. Perfectly crisp responses are nice, but are not required. For example "it seems like these platforms are involved, because..." in a day 1 draft impact statement is helpful, even if you follow up with "actually, it was these other platforms" on day 3. In the absence of a response within 7 days, we may or may not declare a conditional update risk based on our current understanding of the issue.

      If you can, answers to the following questions will make the conditional risk declaration more actionable for customers.

      What is the impact? Is it serious enough to warrant removing update recommendations?

      How involved is remediation?

      • reasoning: This allows administrators who are already vulnerable, or who chose to waive conditional-update risks, to recover their cluster. And even moderately serious impacts might be acceptable if they are easy to mitigate.
      • example: Administrator must update to a release with the fix for OCPBUGS-8710, or adjust their workloads to avoid the security violations.

      Is this a regression?

      • reasoning: Updating between two vulnerable releases may not increase exposure (unless rebooting during the update increases vulnerability, etc.). We only qualify update recommendations if the update increases exposure.
      • example: Yes, from 4.12 to 4.13, because OCPBUGS-3663 landed a softening in the 4.12 branch before 4.12 GAed, while OCPBUGS-3662 was a no-op in the 4.13 branch.




            slaznick@redhat.com Stanislav Laznicka
            trking W. Trevor King
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