[PATCH v1 3/3] KEYS: trusted: Introduce support for NXP CAAM-based trusted keys
a.fatoum at pengutronix.de
Wed Mar 24 14:07:30 UTC 2021
On 24.03.21 11:47, Sumit Garg wrote:
> On Wed, 24 Mar 2021 at 14:56, Ahmad Fatoum <a.fatoum at pengutronix.de> wrote:
>> Hello Mimi,
>> On 23.03.21 19:07, Mimi Zohar wrote:
>>> On Tue, 2021-03-23 at 17:35 +0100, Ahmad Fatoum wrote:
>>>> On 21.03.21 21:48, Horia Geantă wrote:
>>>>> caam has random number generation capabilities, so it's worth using that
>>>>> by implementing .get_random.
>>>> If the CAAM HWRNG is already seeding the kernel RNG, why not use the kernel's?
>>>> Makes for less code duplication IMO.
>>> Using kernel RNG, in general, for trusted keys has been discussed
>>> before. Please refer to Dave Safford's detailed explanation for not
>>> using it .
>> The argument seems to boil down to:
>> - TPM RNG are known to be of good quality
>> - Trusted keys always used it so far
>> Both are fine by me for TPMs, but the CAAM backend is new code and neither point
>> really applies.
>> get_random_bytes_wait is already used for generating key material elsewhere.
>> Why shouldn't new trusted key backends be able to do the same thing?
> Please refer to documented trusted keys behaviour here . New
> trusted key backends should align to this behaviour and in your case
> CAAM offers HWRNG so we should be better using that.
Why is it better?
Can you explain what benefit a CAAM user would have if the trusted key
randomness comes directly out of the CAAM instead of indirectly from
the kernel entropy pool that is seeded by it?
> Also, do update documentation corresponding to CAAM as a trusted keys backend.
Yes. The documentation should be updated for CAAM and it should describe
how the key material is derived. Will do so for v2.
>  https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/jarkko/linux-tpmdd.git/tree/Documentation/security/keys/trusted-encrypted.rst#n87
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