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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/4] KEYS: validate key trust only with selected owner key
On 12 June 2014 20:32, Vivek Goyal <> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 08:23:57PM +0300, Dmitry Kasatkin wrote:
>> On 12/06/14 19:03, Vivek Goyal wrote:
>> > On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 11:48:17AM +0300, Dmitry Kasatkin wrote:
>> >> This patch provides kernel parameter to specify owner's key id which
>> >> must be used for trust validate of keys. Keys signed with other keys
>> >> are not trusted.
>> >>
>> >> Signed-off-by: Dmitry Kasatkin <>
>> > Hi,
>> >
>> > I am continuing to work on verifying kernel signature for kexec/kdump. I
>> > am planning to take david howell's patches for pkcs7 signature
>> > verification and verify bzImage signature.
>> >
>> > Part of that process will boil down to verifying a certificate in
>> > pkcs7 x509 cert chain using a key in system_trusted_keyring.
>> >
>> > I think the OS vendor key which signs the kernel signing key propagates to
>> > system_trusted_keyring. (shim has that and I am not sure how shim makes
>> > it propogate all they way to system_trusted_keyring).
>> >
>> > So I was planning to use same functionality where I look for any key
>> > which can verify the signing cert of kernel. As OS vendor key will be
>> > in system_trusted_keyring, it should work.
>> >
>> > Now with this change where you will trust only one selected owner key.
>> > That means you will not even trust the OS vendor key which signs kernel
>> > signing key. I think this will stop working with keys_ownerid=<....>
>> >
>> > As I am doing that work in parallel and I saw these patches, I thought
>> > I will bring it up.
>> Hi Vivek,
>> All keys stays in the keyring. Usage of owner_keyid is limited to
>> validate the trust of the loaded keys.
> Hi Dmitry,
> If owner_keyid scope is just limited to loading extra keys, then it
> should be fine as I don't want to load extra keys. I just want to
> verify already signed image whose key is supposed to be in
> system_trusted_keyring.
>> Do you really see OS verndor key (Fedora) on the system keyring?
>> shim is UEFI binary and can add it to the MOK database..
> I have been told that mechanism to propagate they key in shim which is
> used to verify kernel signature is in place and that key should show
> up in system_trusted_keyring. I have never verified it though. I will
> check it out.
> Thanks
> Vivek

Hi Vivek,

The easiest way to get OS Vendor ker/certificate is just embed it into
the kernel along with
ephemeral (or not) module signing key... They all appears on .system keyring...

This solution would work also for ARM based HW which does not have
UEFI and MOK...

We also use mini-os with linux kernel as boot loader which in turn
boots other kernels.
It is for R&D purpose but with kexec signing support we could think
about other use-cases..



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