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From: Stefan Berger <>
To: Linus Torvalds <>,
	Jarkko Sakkinen <>
Cc: Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,
	linux-integrity <>,
	James Morris James Morris <>,
	David Howells <>,
	Peter Huewe <>
Subject: Re: [GIT PULL] TPM DEVICE DRIVER changes for v5.14
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2021 14:33:14 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On 6/28/21 1:34 PM, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 6:56 AM Jarkko Sakkinen <> wrote:
>> Contains bug fixes for TPM, and support for signing modules using elliptic
>> curve keys, which I promised to pick up to my tree.
> I pulled this, but then I looked at the key type changes, and that
> made me so scared that I unpulled it again.
> In particular, that code will do
>      shell rm -f $(CONFIG_MODULE_SIG_KEY)
> from the Makefile if some config options have changed.

I suppose it is from this part here.

+# Support user changing key type
+keytype_openssl = -newkey ec -pkeyopt ec_paramgen_curve:secp384r1
+ifeq ($(openssl_available),yes)
+$(if $(findstring id-ecPublicKey,$(X509TEXT)),,$(shell rm -f 
+ifeq ($(openssl_available),yes)
  $(if $(findstring rsaEncryption,$(X509TEXT)),,$(shell rm -f 

If the user changed the build option from an ECDSA module signing key to 
an RSA signing key or vice versa then this code deletes the current 
signing key and subsequent code in the Makefile will create an RSA or 
ECDSA signing key following the user's choice. I suppose this is 
expected behavior that when a user chooses an RSA signing key it will 
use an RSA signing key. Maybe we should make a backup copy of the 
previous key, if that helps.

> That just seems too broken for words. Maybe I misunderstand this, but
> this really seems like an easy mistake might cause the kernel build to
> actively start removing some random user key files that the user
> pointed at previously.

The removal is triggered by the user changing the type of key from what 
is in the keyfile.


>                    Linus

  reply	other threads:[~2021-06-28 18:33 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 10+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-06-23 13:56 Jarkko Sakkinen
2021-06-28 17:34 ` Linus Torvalds
2021-06-28 18:33   ` Stefan Berger [this message]
2021-06-28 19:11     ` Linus Torvalds
2021-06-28 19:21       ` Stefan Berger
2021-06-28 19:27         ` Linus Torvalds
2021-06-28 19:35           ` Stefan Berger
2021-06-29 20:20   ` Jarkko Sakkinen
2021-06-29 21:08     ` Linus Torvalds
2021-06-29 21:10       ` Jarkko Sakkinen

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