Modifying data before sending them
Posted on 2006-11-22
I'm currently working on a project which requires me to modify data an application wants to send over the network. My goal is to do this in a transparent way, therefore no modification whatsoever should take place in the application. My solution would normally be in the form of a module for the kernel (2.6.x series). My project is actually an extension of someone else's work which apparently uses the Linux Security Modules, the network hooks. From what I read, these modules are only used for access control policies enforcement, so the only control I have over the sockets is allowing or refusing different actions, such as creation, connection, transmission, etc. Therefore, it doesn't seem possible to alter the data that the application wants to send.
For the moment, I only see one alternative, modifying the sockets themselves. Although my implementation has only a "show it's feasible" purpose, I would prefer a "cleaner" way to deal with this. Moreover, it would be much better if I could actually extend the previous work that has been undertaken by another person, instead of just starting from scratch.
As I said before, my goal is to make this completely transparent for the applications.
Do you have any suggestion on that matter ? Any good reference (book, article, website) would be greatly appreciated too. Don't hesitate to ask for further information if you find it necessary.
Thanks in advance for your time.