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From: Roberto Sassu <roberto.sassu@huawei.com>
To: Greg KH <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>
Cc: "zohar@linux.ibm.com" <zohar@linux.ibm.com>,
	"linux-integrity@vger.kernel.org"
	<linux-integrity@vger.kernel.org>,
	"linux-security-module@vger.kernel.org" 
	<linux-security-module@vger.kernel.org>,
	"linux-doc@vger.kernel.org" <linux-doc@vger.kernel.org>,
	"linux-kselftest@vger.kernel.org"
	<linux-kselftest@vger.kernel.org>,
	"linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>
Subject: RE: [RFC][PATCH 03/12] digest_lists: Basic definitions
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2021 09:51:49 +0000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <ae8418b544884467bbc5f7b4664b7e42@huawei.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <YNmXIk7orQavkEME@kroah.com>

> From: Greg KH [mailto:gregkh@linuxfoundation.org]
> Sent: Monday, June 28, 2021 11:32 AM
> On Mon, Jun 28, 2021 at 09:27:05AM +0000, Roberto Sassu wrote:
> > > From: Greg KH [mailto:gregkh@linuxfoundation.org]
> > > Sent: Monday, June 28, 2021 10:46 AM
> > > On Mon, Jun 28, 2021 at 08:30:32AM +0000, Roberto Sassu wrote:
> > > > > > +struct compact_list_hdr {
> > > > > > +	__u8 version;
> > > > >
> > > > > You should never need a version, that way lies madness.
> > > >
> > > > We wanted to have a way to switch to a new format, if necessary.
> > >
> > > Then just add a new ioctl if you need that in the future, no need to try
> > > to cram it into this one.
> >
> > Given that digest lists are generated elsewhere, it would be still
> > unclear when the ioctl() would be issued. Maybe the kernel needs
> > to parse both v1 and v2 digest lists (I expect that v1 cannot be easily
> > converted to v2, if they are signed).
> >
> >  It would be also unpractical if digest lists are loaded at kernel
> > initialization time (I didn't send the patch yet).
> 
> Then that is up to your api design, I do not know.  But note that
> "version" fields almost always never work, so be careful about assuming
> that this will solve any future issues.
> 
> > > > > > +	__le16 type;
> > > > > > +	__le16 modifiers;
> > > > > > +	__le16 algo;
> > > > > > +	__le32 count;
> > > > > > +	__le32 datalen;
> > > > >
> > > > > Why are user/kernel apis specified in little endian format?  Why would
> > > > > that matter?  Shouldn't they just be "native" endian?
> > > >
> > > > I thought this would make it clear that the kernel always expects the
> > > > digest lists to be in little endian.
> > >
> > > Why would a big endian system expect the data from userspace to be in
> > > little endian?  Shouldn't this always just be "native" endian given that
> > > this is not something that is being sent to hardware?
> >
> > The digest list might come from a system with different endianness.
> 
> Ok, I have no idea what digests really are used for then.  So stick with
> little endian and be sure to properly convert within the kernel as
> needed.

The most intuitive use case is to extend secure boot to the OS.

The kernel might be configured to accept only digest lists signed
with a trusted key.

Once the database is populated, execution and mmap can be denied
if the calculated file or metadata digest is not found in the database
(the file has not been released by the vendor).

Roberto

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES Duesseldorf GmbH, HRB 56063
Managing Director: Li Peng, Li Jian, Shi Yanli

> thanks,
> 
> greg k-h

  reply	other threads:[~2021-06-28  9:51 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 25+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-06-25 16:56 [RFC][PATCH 00/12] Huawei Digest Lists Roberto Sassu
2021-06-25 16:56 ` [RFC][PATCH 01/12] ima: Add digest, algo, measured parameters to ima_measure_critical_data() Roberto Sassu
2021-06-25 18:26   ` Mimi Zohar
2021-06-25 16:56 ` [RFC][PATCH 02/12] digest_lists: Overview Roberto Sassu
2021-06-25 16:56 ` [RFC][PATCH 03/12] digest_lists: Basic definitions Roberto Sassu
2021-06-27 10:53   ` Greg KH
2021-06-27 15:23     ` Matthew Wilcox
2021-06-27 15:35       ` Greg KH
2021-06-28  8:30     ` Roberto Sassu
2021-06-28  8:46       ` Greg KH
2021-06-28  9:27         ` Roberto Sassu
2021-06-28  9:32           ` Greg KH
2021-06-28  9:51             ` Roberto Sassu [this message]
2021-06-25 16:56 ` [RFC][PATCH 04/12] digest_lists: Objects Roberto Sassu
2021-06-27 10:56   ` Greg KH
2021-06-28  8:14     ` Roberto Sassu
2021-06-28  8:47       ` Greg KH
2021-06-25 16:56 ` [RFC][PATCH 05/12] digest_lists: Methods Roberto Sassu
2021-06-25 16:56 ` [RFC][PATCH 06/12] digest_lists: Parser Roberto Sassu
2021-06-25 16:56 ` [RFC][PATCH 07/12] digest_lists: Interfaces - digest_list_add, digest_list_del Roberto Sassu
2021-06-25 16:56 ` [RFC][PATCH 08/12] digest_lists: Interfaces - digest_lists_loaded Roberto Sassu
2021-06-25 16:56 ` [RFC][PATCH 09/12] digest_lists: Interfaces - digest_label Roberto Sassu
2021-06-25 16:56 ` [RFC][PATCH 10/12] digest_lists: Interfaces - digest_query Roberto Sassu
2021-06-25 16:56 ` [RFC][PATCH 11/12] digest_lists: Interfaces - digests_count Roberto Sassu
2021-06-25 16:56 ` [RFC][PATCH 12/12] digest_lists: Tests Roberto Sassu

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