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From: James Bottomley <James.Bottomley@HansenPartnership.com>
To: Andy Lutomirski <luto@kernel.org>,
	Roberto Sassu <roberto.sassu@huawei.com>
Cc: Rob Landley <rob@landley.net>,
	Arvind Sankar <niveditas98@gmail.com>,
	LKML <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	Linux API <linux-api@vger.kernel.org>,
	Linux FS Devel <linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org>,
	linux-integrity <linux-integrity@vger.kernel.org>,
	initramfs@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 0/3] initramfs: add support for xattrs in the initial ram disk
Date: Tue, 14 May 2019 12:18:31 -0700
Message-ID: <1557861511.3378.19.camel@HansenPartnership.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CALCETrV3b205L38xqPr6QqwGn6-vxQdPoJGUygJJpgM-JqqXfQ@mail.gmail.com>

On Tue, 2019-05-14 at 08:19 -0700, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> On Mon, May 13, 2019 at 5:47 AM Roberto Sassu <roberto.sassu@huawei.c
> om> wrote:
> > On 5/13/2019 11:07 AM, Rob Landley wrote:
[...]
> > > > The only reason why opening .xattr-list works is that IMA is
> > > > not yet initialized (late_initcall vs rootfs_initcall).
> > > 
> > > Launching init before enabling ima is bad because... you didn't
> > > think of it?
> > 
> > No, because /init can potentially compromise the integrity of the
> > system.
> 
> I think Rob is right here.  If /init was statically built into the
> kernel image, it has no more ability to compromise the kernel than
> anything else in the kernel.  What's the problem here?

The specific problem is that unless you own the kernel signing key,
which is really untrue for most distribution consumers because the
distro owns the key, you cannot build the initrd statically into the
kernel.  You can take the distro signed kernel, link it with the initrd
then resign the combination with your key, provided you insert your key
into the MoK variables as a trusted secure boot key, but the distros
have been unhappy recommending this as standard practice.

If our model for security is going to be to link the kernel and the
initrd statically to give signature protection over the aggregate then
we need to figure out how to execute this via the distros.  If we
accept that the split model, where the distro owns and signs the kernel
but the machine owner builds and is responsible for the initrd, then we
need to explore split security models like this proposal.

James


  parent reply index

Thread overview: 58+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-05-09 11:24 Roberto Sassu
2019-05-09 11:24 ` [PATCH v2 1/3] fs: add ksys_lsetxattr() wrapper Roberto Sassu
2019-05-10 21:28   ` Jann Horn
2019-05-09 11:24 ` [PATCH v2 2/3] initramfs: set extended attributes Roberto Sassu
2019-05-09 11:24 ` [PATCH v2 3/3] initramfs: introduce do_readxattrs() Roberto Sassu
2019-05-10 21:33   ` Jann Horn
2019-05-13 13:03     ` Roberto Sassu
2019-05-09 18:34 ` [PATCH v2 0/3] initramfs: add support for xattrs in the initial ram disk Rob Landley
2019-05-10  6:56   ` Roberto Sassu
2019-05-10 11:49     ` Mimi Zohar
2019-05-10 20:46       ` Rob Landley
2019-05-10 22:38         ` Mimi Zohar
2019-05-11 22:44 ` Andy Lutomirski
2019-05-12  4:04   ` Rob Landley
2019-05-12  4:12     ` Rob Landley
2019-05-12  9:17 ` Dominik Brodowski
2019-05-12 10:18   ` hpa
2019-05-12 15:31     ` Dominik Brodowski
2019-05-13  0:02       ` Mimi Zohar
2019-05-13  0:21         ` hpa
2019-05-13  0:23       ` hpa
2019-05-12 12:52   ` Mimi Zohar
2019-05-12 17:05     ` Rob Landley
2019-05-12 19:43       ` Arvind Sankar
2019-05-13  7:49         ` Roberto Sassu
2019-05-13  9:07           ` Rob Landley
2019-05-13 12:08             ` Mimi Zohar
2019-05-13 12:47             ` Roberto Sassu
2019-05-13 17:20               ` Arvind Sankar
2019-05-13 17:51                 ` Arvind Sankar
2019-05-13 17:52                 ` Arvind Sankar
2019-05-13 18:36                   ` Mimi Zohar
2019-05-13 18:47                     ` Arvind Sankar
2019-05-13 22:09                       ` Mimi Zohar
2019-05-14  6:06                         ` Rob Landley
2019-05-14 14:44                           ` Arvind Sankar
2019-05-14  6:06               ` Rob Landley
2019-05-14 11:52                 ` Roberto Sassu
2019-05-14 15:12                   ` Rob Landley
2019-05-14 15:27                   ` Arvind Sankar
2019-05-14 15:57                     ` Arvind Sankar
2019-05-14 17:44                       ` Roberto Sassu
2019-05-15  1:00                         ` Arvind Sankar
2019-05-14 15:19               ` Andy Lutomirski
2019-05-14 16:33                 ` Roberto Sassu
2019-05-14 16:58                   ` Greg KH
2019-05-14 17:20                     ` Roberto Sassu
2019-05-15  0:25                       ` Arvind Sankar
2019-05-14 19:18                 ` James Bottomley [this message]
2019-05-14 23:39                   ` Rob Landley
2019-05-14 23:54                     ` James Bottomley
2019-05-15  0:52                       ` Arvind Sankar
2019-05-15 11:19                         ` Roberto Sassu
2019-05-15 16:08                           ` Arvind Sankar
2019-05-15 17:06                             ` Roberto Sassu
2019-05-16  5:29                               ` Arvind Sankar
2019-05-16 11:42                                 ` Roberto Sassu
2019-05-16 13:31                                 ` Mimi Zohar

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