Frehi Debian package repository for Bookworm

While creating AppArmor profiles, I recently encountered a few problems with the packages on Debian 12 Bookworm. If you use a more recent Linux kernel than the one which is in Bookworm (Linux 6.1 from Bookworm works fine), apparmor_parser can hang on certain profiles and cause a null pointer dereference in the kernel. This bug is also being tracked as upstream bug 346 and a partial fix has been committed to the Apparmor git repository. Another problem I encountered, is that aa-logprof and aa-genprof would completely ignore any exec events from within a subprofile, because these tools don’t support nested profiles. An AppArmor developer created a merge request which would at least show these events in aa-genprof and aa-logprof, and give you at least the option to inherit the profile and run the new process unconfined. If you want to create a child profile, you will still have to do this manually but at least the are now other valid options are now available.

I also recently stumbled on the package libapache2-mod-qos which is completely broken in Debian Bookworm: it is built against an older libpcre version which conflicts with the one Apache is using, causing it to crash immediately at startup. The bug is fixed in Debian trixie/sid, but that does not help users of the stable Debian release.

So I decided to build Apparmor 3.0.12 from sid with the additional patches mentioned above for Debian Bookworm, as well as the new libapache2-mod-qos which fixes the crash at Apache startup. I have created a public repository you can use if you are interested in these fixes. The packages work for me, but I cannot guarantee that they won’t cause any problem for you, so use them at your own risk. I only build for AMD64, so other architectures are not available.

Setting up the bookworm-frehi repository on Debian

In order to use these packages, create a file /etc/apt/sources.list.d/bookworm-frehi.list with this content:

deb bookworm-frehi main contrib non-free
deb-src bookworm-frehi main contrib non-free

You can also use https in case you prefer that, but I try to use http because then I can cache packages with apt-cacher-ng.

Then create a file /etc/apt/preferences.d/bookworm-frehi:

Package: *
Pin: release n=bookworm-frehi
Pin-Priority: 99

This makes sure that by default you will still be using packages from the Debian repository, and it will only use packages from this repository when you explicitly request to do so.

Then you will have to request he public GPG key from and add this to your trusted apt keys:

$ export GNUPGHOME="$(mktemp -d)"
$ gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 1FBBAB8D2CA17863
$ gpg --export "1FBBAB8D2CA17863" > /tmp/bookworm-frehi.gpg
# mv /tmp/bookworm-frehi.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/
# rm -rf $GNUPGHOME

Now run:

# apt update

and you can use the repository, for example:

# apt-cache policy apparmor
# apt-cache policy libapache2-mod-qos
# apt install -t bookworm-frehi apparmor libapache2-mod-qos

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