[PATCH RFC 05/12] integrity: Introduce mok keyring

Jarkko Sakkinen jarkko at kernel.org
Wed Jul 7 21:26:11 UTC 2021

On Wed, Jul 07, 2021 at 12:31:23PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 6, 2021 at 7:45 PM Eric Snowberg <eric.snowberg at oracle.com> wrote:
> >
> > Introduce a new keyring called mok.  This keyring will be used during
> > boot. Afterwards it will be destroyed.
> Already discussed elsewhere, but yeah, when using TLA's, unless they
> are universally understood (like "CPU" or "TLB" or whatever), please
> spell them out somewhere for people who don't have the background.
> I saw that you said elsewhere that MOK is "Machine Owner Key", but
> please let's just have that in the sources and commit messages at
> least for the original new code cases.
> Maybe it becomes obvious over time as there is more history to the
> code, but when you literally introduce a new concept, please spell it
> out.
>            Linus
I'd suggest for the short summary:

"integrity: Introduce a Linux keyring for the Machine Owner Key (MOK)"

Given that "keyring" is such a saturated and ambiguous word, and this not a
subsystem patch for keyring itself, it should be explicit what is meant by
a keyring.


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