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From: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
To: David Howells <dhowells@redhat.com>
Cc: torvalds@linux-foundation.org, herbert.xu@redhat.com,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, davej@redhat.com,
	arjan@infradead.org, linux-crypto@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/6] MODSIGN: Kernel module signing
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 19:41:12 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20070214194112.5bec3110.akpm@linux-foundation.org> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20070214190938.6438.15091.stgit@warthog.cambridge.redhat.com>

On Wed, 14 Feb 2007 19:09:38 +0000 David Howells <dhowells@redhat.com> wrote:

> These patches provide a GPG-based kernel module signing facility.  Their use is
> not fully automated within the confines of the kernel build process because it
> needs provision of keys from outside of the kernel before the kernel can be
> compiled.
> 
> The patches are:
> 
>  (1) A cut-down MPI library derived from GPG with error handling added.
> 
>  (2) Permit hash algorithms to hash kernel data defined by a virtual address
>      and a length rather than trying to use scattergather lists (which require
>      struct page pointers to be determined).
> 
>  (3) Add extra information to the per-arch ELF headers to more fully describe
>      the format of the ELF metadata.
> 
>  (4) Add module verification capabilities, including ELF metadata verification.
> 
>  (5) Add a generic DSA signature checker.  Given a SHA1 hash of the data to be
>      verified and a binary blob holding a GPG signature stream, this verifies
>      the signature using a built-in ring of public keys.
> 
>  (6) Add a module signature checker that applies signature checking to modules
>      on module load, checking the signature against the ring of public keys
>      compiled into the kernel.

Grand total:

 77 files changed, 9681 insertions(+), 10 deletions(-)

just to be able to sign modules.

Normally I'd collapse writhing in laughter, but..

> These patches have been in use by RHEL and Fedora kernels for years, and so
> have been thoroughly tested.

so I guess there's an argument for merging them so we can send them back to
you guys.  But there's also an argument to declare all this gunk a
vendor-only thing.  How much pain would that cause?

  parent reply	other threads:[~2007-02-15  3:41 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 35+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-02-14 19:09 David Howells
2007-02-14 19:09 ` [PATCH 2/6] MODSIGN: In-kernel crypto extensions David Howells
2007-02-14 19:09 ` [PATCH 3/6] MODSIGN: Add indications of module ELF types David Howells
2007-02-14 19:09 ` [PATCH 4/6] MODSIGN: Module ELF verifier David Howells
2007-02-14 19:10 ` [PATCH 5/6] MODSIGN: Module signature checker and key manager David Howells
2007-02-14 19:10 ` [PATCH 6/6] MODSIGN: Apply signature checking to modules on module load David Howells
2007-02-14 19:26 ` [PATCH 0/6] MODSIGN: Kernel module signing Linus Torvalds
2007-02-14 19:40 ` David Howells
2007-02-14 21:32   ` Michael Halcrow
2007-02-14 21:59   ` David Howells
2007-02-14 22:21     ` Michael Halcrow
2007-02-15 21:31   ` Indan Zupancic
2007-02-15  3:41 ` Andrew Morton [this message]
2007-02-15  4:13   ` Dave Jones
2007-02-15  5:35     ` Andreas Gruenbacher
2007-02-15  5:45       ` Dave Jones
2007-02-15  6:14         ` Andreas Gruenbacher
2007-02-15  6:22           ` Dave Jones
2007-02-15 20:34           ` Valdis.Kletnieks
2007-02-15 22:12             ` Andreas Gruenbacher
2007-02-16  0:15               ` Olaf Kirch
2007-02-15 22:10           ` Pavel Machek
2007-02-15 20:55     ` Valdis.Kletnieks
2007-02-15 21:32       ` Adrian Bunk
2007-02-15 22:12         ` Valdis.Kletnieks
2007-02-15 14:35 ` Roman Zippel
2007-02-15 17:32 ` David Howells
2007-02-15 18:33   ` Roman Zippel
2007-02-15 20:01     ` David Lang
2007-02-15 21:01       ` Roman Zippel
2007-02-15 21:03 ` Adrian Bunk
2007-02-15 22:13 ` Pavel Machek
2007-02-16 20:21   ` Dave Jones
2007-02-16 20:27     ` Arjan van de Ven
     [not found] <7OPWh-470-9@gated-at.bofh.it>
     [not found] ` <7OxPF-16i-7@gated-at.bofh.it>
     [not found]   ` <7OSKA-8A-17@gated-at.bofh.it>
     [not found]     ` <7OTGJ-1G5-23@gated-at.bofh.it>
2007-02-16 15:38       ` Bodo Eggert

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