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From: Dave Jones <davej@redhat.com>
To: Andreas Gruenbacher <agruen@suse.de>
Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>,
	David Howells <dhowells@redhat.com>,
	torvalds@linux-foundation.org, herbert.xu@redhat.com,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, arjan@infradead.org,
	linux-crypto@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/6] MODSIGN: Kernel module signing
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2007 00:45:59 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20070215054559.GD15654@redhat.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <200702142135.40832.agruen@suse.de>

On Wed, Feb 14, 2007 at 09:35:40PM -0800, Andreas Gruenbacher wrote:
 > On Wednesday 14 February 2007 20:13, Dave Jones wrote:
 > > I've not investigated it, but I hear rumours that suse has something
 > > similar.
 > 
 > Actually, no. We don't belive that module signing adds significant value,

ok, then I was misinformed.

 > and it also doesn't work well with external modules.

well, the situation for external modules is no worse than usual.
They still work, they just aren't signed. Which from a distributor point
of view, is actually a nice thing, as they stick out like a sore thumb
in oops reports with (U) markers :)

 > (The external modules we really care about are GPL ones; it gives us a way
 > to update drivers without pushing out entirely new kernels.)

external modules still compile, and run just fine. The signed modules code
doesn't prevent loading of them unless the user decides to do so with
a special boot option (which is no different really than say, reducing
the cap-bound sysctl to prevent module loading).

		Dave

-- 
http://www.codemonkey.org.uk

  reply	other threads:[~2007-02-15  5:46 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
2007-02-15  4:13   ` Dave Jones
2007-02-15  5:35     ` Andreas Gruenbacher
2007-02-15  5:45       ` Dave Jones [this message]
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
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     [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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