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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 0/9] kexec_file_load implementation for PowerPC
Am Donnerstag, 16 Juni 2016, 15:48:30 schrieb Michael Ellerman:
> On Tue, 2016-06-14 at 11:59 -0300, Thiago Jung Bauermann wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > This patch series implements the kexec_file_load system call on PowerPC.
> Can you tell me what this syscall does and why I would want it?

Sorry, should have provided the motivation when I posted the patches.

This system call moves the reading of the kernel, initrd and the device tree
from the userspace kexec tool to the kernel. This is needed if you want to
do one or both of the following:

1. only allow loading of signed kernels.
2. "measure" (i.e., record the hashes of) the kernel, initrd, kernel command
line and other boot inputs for the Integrity Measurement Architecture

The above are the functions kexec already has built into kexec_file_load. I
will soon post a set of patches which will allow a third feature:

3. have IMA pass-on its event log (where integrity measurements are
registered) accross kexec to the second kernel, so that the event history is

Because OpenPower uses an intermediary Linux instance as a boot loader
(skiroot), feature 1 is needed to implement secure boot for the platform,
while features 2 and 3 are needed to implement trusted boot.

There's an LWN article giving more context on the origins of the system
call, if you are interested:

Thiago Jung Bauermann
IBM Linux Technology Center

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