Migration to trusted keys: sealing user-provided key?
jejb at linux.ibm.com
Sat Jan 30 18:07:49 UTC 2021
On Sat, 2021-01-30 at 19:53 +0200, Jarkko Sakkinen wrote:
> On Thu, 2021-01-28 at 18:31 +0100, Ahmad Fatoum wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I've been looking into how a migration to using trusted/encrypted
> > keys would look like (particularly with dm-crypt).
> > Currently, it seems the the only way is to re-encrypt the
> > partitions because trusted/encrypted keys always generate their
> > payloads from RNG.
> > If instead there was a key command to initialize a new
> > trusted/encrypted key with a user provided value, users could use
> > whatever mechanism they used beforehand to get a plaintext key and
> > use that to initialize a new trusted/encrypted key. From there on,
> > the key will be like any other trusted/encrypted key and not be
> > disclosed again to userspace.
> > What are your thoughts on this? Would an API like
> > keyctl add trusted dmcrypt-key 'set <content>' # user-supplied
> > content
> > be acceptable?
> Maybe it's the lack of knowledge with dm-crypt, but why this would be
> useful? Just want to understand the bottleneck, that's all.
There was a recent patch to dm-crypt to add encrypted key support:
27f5411a718c ("dm crypt: support using encrypted keys"). The
implementation requires the actual disk encryption master key to be in
the payload. Most people don't want to change that key because it
involves re-encrypting the whole disk (usually what people mean when
they say "key" for dm-crypt is a passphrase that decrypts this master
key from a keyslot in the metadata, which is why you can change your
passphrase without changing the underlying encryption).
However, once we get the trusted key rework upstream, we do have a
solution: The key format becomes interoperable with the
openssl_tpm2_engine and we can now do seal_tpm2_data on any payload and
the kernel will accept it.
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