[PATCH v6 00/13] Enroll kernel keys thru MOK

Eric Snowberg eric.snowberg at oracle.com
Fri Sep 17 01:58:48 UTC 2021

> On Sep 16, 2021, at 4:14 PM, Peter Jones <pjones at redhat.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 06:15:50PM +0300, Jarkko Sakkinen wrote:
>> On Wed, 2021-09-15 at 15:28 -0600, Eric Snowberg wrote:
>>>> On Sep 15, 2021, at 11:57 AM, Jarkko Sakkinen <jarkko at kernel.org> wrote:
>>>> On Tue, 2021-09-14 at 17:14 -0400, Eric Snowberg wrote:
>>>>> Back in 2013 Linus requested a feature to allow end-users to have the 
>>>>> ability "to add their own keys and sign modules they trust". This was
>>>>> his *second* order outlined here [1]. There have been many attempts 
>>>>> over the years to solve this problem, all have been rejected.  Many 
>>>>> of the failed attempts loaded all preboot firmware keys into the kernel,
>>>>> including the Secure Boot keys. Many distributions carry one of these 
>>>>> rejected attempts [2], [3], [4]. This series tries to solve this problem 
>>>>> with a solution that takes into account all the problems brought up in 
>>>>> the previous attempts.
>>>>> On UEFI based systems, this series introduces a new Linux kernel keyring 
>>>>> containing the Machine Owner Keys (MOK) called machine. It also defines
>>>>> a new MOK variable in shim. This variable allows the end-user to decide 
>>>>> if they want to load MOK keys into the machine keyring. Mimi has suggested 
>>>>> that only CA keys contained within the MOK be loaded into the machine 
>>>>> keyring. All other certs will load into the platform keyring instead.
>>>>> By default, nothing changes; MOK keys are not loaded into the machine
>>>>> keyring.  They are only loaded after the end-user makes the decision 
>>>>> themselves.  The end-user would set this through mokutil using a new 
>>>>> --trust-mok option [5]. This would work similar to how the kernel uses 
>>>>> MOK variables to enable/disable signature validation as well as use/ignore 
>>>>> the db. Any kernel operation that uses either the builtin or secondary 
>>>>> trusted keys as a trust source shall also reference the new machine 
>>>>> keyring as a trust source.
>>>>> Secure Boot keys will never be loaded into the machine keyring.  They
>>>>> will always be loaded into the platform keyring.  If an end-user wanted 
>>>>> to load one, they would need to enroll it into the MOK.
>>>>> Steps required by the end user:
>>>>> Sign kernel module with user created key:
>>>>> $ /usr/src/kernels/$(uname -r)/scripts/sign-file sha512 \
>>>>>  machine_signing_key.priv machine_signing_key.x509 my_module.ko
>>>>> Import the key into the MOK
>>>>> $ mokutil --import machine_signing_key.x509
>>>>> Setup the kernel to load MOK keys into the .machine keyring
>>>>> $ mokutil --trust-mok
>>>>> Then reboot, the MokManager will load and ask if you want to trust the
>>>>> MOK key and enroll the MOK into the MOKList.  Afterwards the signed kernel
>>>>> module will load.
>>>>> I have included links to both the mokutil [5] and shim [6] changes I
>>>>> have made to support this new functionality.
>>>> How hard it is to self-compile shim and boot it with QEMU (I
>>>> do not know even the GIT location of Shim)?
>>> It is not hard, that is the setup I use for my testing.  Upstream shim 
>>> is located here [1].  Or you can use my repo which contains the necessary
>>> changes [2].
>>> [1] https://github.com/rhboot/shim
>>> [2] https://github.com/esnowberg/shim/tree/mokvars-v2
>> So, my 2nd Q would be: which order these should be upstreamed?
>> Linux patch set cannot depend on "yet to be upstreamed" things.
>> Code changes look good enough to me.
> We can carry this support in shim before it's in kernel.  Eric's current
> patch for shim and mokutil looks mostly reasonable, though I see a few
> minor nits we'll have to sort out.

Thanks Peter.  Previously I had not sent it for a shim review since I wanted 
to make sure this approach had a path forward.  I’ll work on submitting the 
shim changes for review now.

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