[PATCH v4 00/12] Enroll kernel keys thru MOK

Eric Snowberg eric.snowberg at oracle.com
Mon Aug 30 17:39:49 UTC 2021

> On Aug 27, 2021, at 2:44 PM, Nayna <nayna at linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
> On 8/25/21 6:27 PM, James Bottomley wrote:
>> Remember, a CA cert is a self signed cert with the CA:TRUE basic
>> constraint.  Pretty much no secure boot key satisfies this (secure boot
>> chose deliberately NOT to use CA certificates, so they're all some type
>> of intermediate or leaf), so the design seems to be only to pick out
>> the CA certificates you put in the MOK keyring.  Adding the _ca suffix
>> may deflect some of the "why aren't all my MOK certificates in the
>> keyring" emails ...
> My understanding is the .system_ca keyring should not be restricted only
> to self-signed CAs (Root CA). Any cert that can qualify as Root or
> Intermediate CA with Basic Constraints CA:TRUE should be allowed. In
> fact, the intermediate CA certificates closest to the leaf nodes would be
> best.

With an intermediate containing CA:TRUE, the intermediate cert would not 
be self signed. Just for my clarification, does this mean I should remove
the check that validates if it is self signed and instead somehow check if 
the CA flag is set?  Wouldn’t this potentially allow improperly signed certs 
into this new keyring?

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