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SubjectRe: [Keyrings] Re: [PATCH 01/04] Add multi-precision-integer maths library
On Sat, Jan 28, 2006 at 10:20:29PM -0500, Trond Myklebust wrote:
>On Sat, 2006-01-28 at 17:57 +0100, David Härdeman wrote:
>> What about the first paragraph of what I wrote? You are going to want to
>> keep often-used keys around somehow, proxy certificates is not a
>> solution for your own use of your personal keys and with the exception
>> of hardware solutions such as smart cards, the keys will be safer in the
>> kernel than in a user-space daemon...
>
>I don't get this explanation at all.
>
>Why would you want to use proxy certificates for you own use? Use your
>own certificate for your own processes, and issue one or more proxy
>certificates to any daemon that you want to authorise to do some limited
>task.

I meant that you can't use proxy certs for your own use, so you still need
to store your own cert/key somehow...and I still believe that the kernel
keyring is the best place...

>...and what does this statement about "keys being safer in the kernel"
>mean?

swap-out to disk, ptrace, coredump all become non-issues. And in
combination with some other security features (such as disallowing
modules, read/write of /dev/mem + /dev/kmem, limited permissions via
SELinux, etc), it becomes pretty hard for the attacker to get your
private key even if he/she manages to get access to the root account.

>> Further, the mpi and dsa code can also be used for supporting signed
>> modules and binaries...the "store dsa-keys in kernel" part adds 376
>> lines of code (counted with wc so comments and includes etc are also
>> counted)...
>
>Signed modules sounds like a better motivation, but is a full dsa
>implementation in the kernel really necessary to achieve this?

How would you do it otherwise?

Re,
David
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