[GIT PULL] Kernel lockdown for secure boot

Linus Torvalds torvalds at linux-foundation.org
Wed Apr 4 00:08:30 UTC 2018

On Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 5:04 PM, Matthew Garrett <mjg59 at google.com> wrote:
> How? When there are random DMA-capable PCI devices that are driven by
> userland tools that are mmap()ing the BARs out of sysfs, how do we
> simultaneously avoid breaking those devices while also preventing the
> majority of users from being vulnerable to an attacker just DMAing over the
> kernel?

.. if that ends up being a real problem, then you print a warning and
tell people to use the kernel command line to disable things.

And if it's a big and common problem, then the answer may be that
lockdown has to be entirely OFF by default, and you instead just tell
people to enable it manually with a kernel command line option.

Still better than telling them to disable/enable secure boot, which
they may or may not even be able to to.

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