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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/4] KEYS: validate key trust with owner and builtin keys only
On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 11:48:14AM +0300, Dmitry Kasatkin wrote:
> Hi Mimi,
>
> As you asked ofline , here is possible equivalent and simpler alternative
> patches not requiring to have additional keyring.
>
> First patch are irrelevant minor fixes.
>
> Also I want to discuss here Fedora UEFI patches as they are the reason for
> the these original patchset.
>
> http://pkgs.fedoraproject.org/cgit/kernel.git/tree/modsign-uefi.patch
>
> They provide functionality to specify MokIgnoreDb variable to limit loading of
> UEFI keys only from MOK List, while ignoring DB. This is certainly a good
> functionality. But once MODULE_SIG_UEFI is enabled, it looks there is no way
> to prevent loading keys from UEFI at all. And this might not be a good default
> functionality. Someone might want not allow loading of keys from UEFI unless
> kernel parameter is specified to allow it without recompiling the kernel
> and disabling MODULE_SIG_UEFI.
>
> Josh, why such design decision was made?

IIRC, it's because kernel parameters can be added programmatically from a
remote user if they gain root access. Having a kernel parameter to
disable a key piece of secure boot isn't all that great. We disable
other kernel parameters like acpi_rspd as well.

> Why not to provide kernel parameter to have more fine-tune control over the
> functionality? Unconfigured machines will not have MokIgnoreDb and will
> allow to load kernel modules signed with certain undesired keys. In fact,

Undesired by whom? If SB is enabled, your machine's firmware already
trusts those keys.

> I beleive, it should be default behavior of the kernel. Bootloader can
> enable UEFI functionality by specifing it on the kernel command line.

If it was enabled via boot params, or done in the early setup code that
might be possible. I don't think a kernel parameter is the right
solution though. I've added Matthew on CC.

josh

> Second patch allows to overcome keys coming from UEFI for key validation by
> specifing owner key id and is an alternative for v5 4/4 patch.
>
> It was also a good idea presented in Mimi's v4 4/4 patch to have possibility
> to limit key trust valiation by only builtin keys. Third patch as an alternative.
> It uses keys->flags to specify origin of the key, but any additional field could
> be added as well.
>
> Both key id and origin verification is done in x509_validate_trust().
>
> Thanks,
> Dmitry
>
> Dmitry Kasatkin (3):
> KEYS: fix couple of things
> KEYS: validate key trust only with selected owner key
> KEYS: validate key trust only with builtin keys
>
> Mimi Zohar (1):
> KEYS: define an owner trusted keyring
>
> Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt | 5 +++++
> crypto/asymmetric_keys/x509_public_key.c | 35 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++---
> include/linux/key.h | 1 +
> kernel/system_keyring.c | 1 +
> 4 files changed, 39 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
>
> --
> 1.9.1
>


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