[RFC PATCH 0/3] Add additional MOK vars

Jarkko Sakkinen jarkko at kernel.org
Wed May 19 07:55:33 UTC 2021

On Mon, May 17, 2021 at 06:57:11PM -0400, Eric Snowberg wrote:
> This series is being sent as an RFC. I am looking for feedback; if
> adding additional MOK variables would be an acceptable solution to help
> downstream Linux distros solve some of the problems we are facing?
> Currently, pre-boot keys are not trusted within the Linux boundary [1].
> Pre-boot keys include UEFI Secure Boot DB keys and MOKList keys. These
> keys are loaded into the platform keyring and can only be used for kexec.
> If an end-user wants to use their own key within the Linux trust
> boundary, they must either compile it into the kernel themselves or use
> the insert-sys-cert script. Both options present a problem. Many
> end-users do not want to compile their own kernels. With the
> insert-sys-cert option, there are missing upstream changes [2].  Also,
> with the insert-sys-cert option, the end-user must re-sign their kernel
> again with their own key, and then insert that key into the MOK db.
> Another problem with insert-sys-cert is that only a single key can be
> inserted into a compressed kernel.
> Having the ability to insert a key into the Linux trust boundary opens
> up various possibilities.  The end-user can use a pre-built kernel and
> sign their own kernel modules.  It also opens up the ability for an
> end-user to more easily use digital signature based IMA-appraisal.  To
> get a key into the ima keyring, it must be signed by a key within the
> Linux trust boundary.
> Downstream Linux distros try to have a single signed kernel for each
> architecture.  Each end-user may use this kernel in entirely different
> ways.  Some downstream kernels have chosen to always trust platform keys
> within the Linux trust boundary.  In addition, most downstream kernels
> do not have an easy way for an end-user to use digital signature based
> IMA-appraisal.
> This series adds two new MOK variables to shim. The first variable
> allows the end-user to decide if they want to trust keys contained

Nit: would be nice to just say "what it is" instead "what it allows".

> within the platform keyring within the Linux trust boundary. By default,
> nothing changes; platform keys are not trusted within the Linux kernel.
> They are only trusted after the end-user makes the decision themself.
> The end-user would set this through mokutil using a new --trust-platform
> option [3]. This would work similar to how the kernel uses MOK variables
> to enable/disable signature validation as well as use/ignore the db.
> The second MOK variable allows a downstream Linux distro to make


> better use of the IMA architecture specific Secure Boot policy.  This
> IMA policy is enabled whenever Secure Boot is enabled.  By default, this 
> new MOK variable is not defined.  This causes the IMA architecture 
> specific Secure Boot policy to be disabled.  Since this changes the 
> current behavior, it is placed behind a new Kconfig option.  Kernels
> built with IMA_UEFI_ARCH_POLICY enabled would  allow the end-user
> to enable this through mokutil using a new --ima-sb-enable option [3].
> This gives the downstream Linux distro the capability to offer the
> IMA architecture specific Secure Boot policy option, while giving
> the end-user the ability to decide if they want to use it.
> I have included links to both the mokutil [3] and shim [4] changes I
> made to support this new functionality.
> Thank you and looking forward to hearing your reviews.
> [1] https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/1556221605.24945.3.camel@HansenPartnership.com/
> [2] https://lore.kernel.org/patchwork/cover/902768/
> [3] https://github.com/esnowberg/mokutil/tree/0.3.0-mokvars
> [4] https://github.com/esnowberg/shim/tree/mokvars
> Eric Snowberg (3):
>   keys: Add ability to trust the platform keyring
>   keys: Trust platform keyring if MokTrustPlatform found
>   ima: Enable IMA SB Policy if MokIMAPolicy found
>  certs/system_keyring.c                        | 19 ++++++++-
>  include/keys/system_keyring.h                 | 10 +++++
>  security/integrity/ima/Kconfig                |  8 ++++
>  security/integrity/ima/ima_efi.c              | 24 ++++++++++++
>  .../platform_certs/platform_keyring.c         | 39 +++++++++++++++++++
>  5 files changed, 99 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
> -- 
> 2.18.4


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