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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] integrity: TPM internel kernel interface
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Serge,

On Wed, 2008-10-22 at 09:49 -0500, Serge E. Hallyn wrote:
> Quoting Rajiv Andrade (srajiv@linux.vnet.ibm.com):
> > On Tue, 2008-10-14 at 17:23 -0500, Serge E. Hallyn wrote:
> > > Quoting Mimi Zohar (zohar@linux.vnet.ibm.com):
> > > > The internal TPM kernel interface did not protect itself from
> > > > the removal of the TPM driver, while being used. We continue
> > > > to protect the tpm_chip_list using the driver_lock as before,
> > > > and are using an rcu lock to protect readers. The internal TPM
> > >
> > > I still would like to see this spelled out somewhere - correct me
> > > if I'm wrong but none of the patches sent so far have this spelled
> > > out in in-line comments, do they?
> > >
> > > It does look sane:
> > >
> > > 1. writes to tpm_chip_list are protected by driver_lock
> > > 2. readers of the list are protected by rcu
> > > 3. chips which are read from the tpm_chip_list, if they
> > > are used outside of the rcu_read_lock(), are pinned
> > > using get_device(chip->dev) before releasing the
> > > rcu_read_lock.
> > >
> > > Like I say it looks sane, but something like the above summary
> > > could stand to be in a comment on top of tpm.c or something.
> > >
> > No problem, I'll submit a patch containing a proper comment section to
> > be applied on top of these, maybe after they get accepted.
>
> Great, thanks.
>
> > > > kernel interface now protects itself from the driver being
> > > > removed by incrementing the module reference count.
> > > >
> > > > Resubmitting integrity-tpm-internal-kernel-interface.patch, which
> > > > was previously Signed-off-by Kylene Hall.
> > > > Updated per feedback:
> > > >
> > > > Adds the following support:
> > > > - make internal kernel interface to transmit TPM commands global
> > > > - adds reading a pcr value
> > > > - adds extending a pcr value
> > > > - adds lookup the tpm_chip for given chip number and type
> > > >
> > > > Signed-off-by: Mimi Zohar <zohar@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
> > > > Signed-off-by: Rajiv Andrade <srajiv@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
> > >
> > > Now there are other, existing callers of tpm_transmit. Are they
> > > all protected by sysfs pinning the kobject and thereby the device,
> > > for the duration of the call?
> > >
> >
> > They aren't called through sysfs, but are still protected. These new
> > functions get chip data consistently by using rcu_read. Then, after
> > computing what's intended to be written back to the chip, tpm_transmit
> > sends the new data while using tpm_mutex, so both operations are
> > performed without the risk of a race condition.
>
> Can you show me where the refcount for dev is incremented (under the
> rcu_read_lock), either in sysfs code or tpm code? I'm not finding
> it, but it may just be done in some subtle way that I'm glossing over.
>

The refcount is incremented/decremented in tpm_register_hardware() and
tpm_remove_hardware() for tpm module, and tpm_open() and tpm_release()
for tpm_tis module, all inside tpm.c. The last two are referenced in
tpm_tis.c:

tpm_tis.c

static const struct file_operations tis_ops = {
.owner = THIS_MODULE,
.llseek = no_llseek,
.open = tpm_open,
.read = tpm_read,
.write = tpm_write,
.release = tpm_release,
};

thanks,

> thanks,
> -serge
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Rajiv Andrade <srajiv@br.ibm.com>
Security Development
IBM Linux Technology Center




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