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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/4] Enabling secure boot on PowerNV systems
On Tue, Apr 2, 2019 at 4:31 PM Claudio Carvalho <> wrote:
> On 4/2/19 6:51 PM, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> > So you implement the full PK/KEK/db/dbx/dbt infrastructure, and
> > updates are signed in the same way?
> For the first version, our firmware will implement a simplistic PK, KEK and
> db infrastructure (without dbx and dbt) where only the Setup and User modes
> will be supported.

Not supporting dbx seems like a pretty significant shortcoming. How
are signatures meant to be revoked?

> PK, KEK and db updates will be signed the same way, that is, using
> userspace tooling like efitools in PowerNV. As for the authentication
> descriptors, only the EFI_VARIABLE_AUTHENTICATION_2 descriptor will be
> supported.

Is this API documented?

> > In that case we might be better off with a generic interface for this
> > purpose that we can expose on all platforms that implement a secure
> > boot key hierarchy. Having an efivarfs that doesn't allow the creation
> > of arbitrary attributes may break other existing userland
> > expectations.
> >
> For what it's worth, gsmi uses the efivars infrastructure for EFI-like
> variables.

My recollection is that at the time the Chromebook firmware still had
EFI underpinnings and the gsmi code was largely just an alternate
mechanism for calling into something that was fundamentally the EFI
variable store. With hindsight I don't think layering this was the
right move - we've adjusted the semantics of efivarfs on more than one
occasion to deal with the behaviour of real-world EFI platforms, and I
don't think it's helpful to end up in a situation where we're trying
to keep behaviour consistent among entirely different firmware

> What might a generic interface look like? It would have to work for
> existing secure boot solutions - including EFI - which would seem to imply
> changes to userspace tools.

I think that depends on exactly what problem you're trying to solve.
Some aspects of the EFI secure boot design end up mirroring the
economics of the PC ecosystem rather than being inherently good design
goals, so it'd be helpful to know whether you're taking this solution
because you want the same three-level key infrastructure or because
that just leaves you compatible with the tooling.

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