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Date:   Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:55:10 -0500
From:   Matthew Garrett <mjg59@...gle.com>
To:     "Luis R. Rodriguez" <mcgrof@...nel.org>
Cc:     Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>,
        Johannes Berg <johannes@...solutions.net>,
        Mimi Zohar <zohar@...ux.vnet.ibm.com>,
        David Howells <dhowells@...hat.com>,
        Alan Cox <gnomes@...rguk.ukuu.org.uk>,
        "AKASHI, Takahiro" <takahiro.akashi@...aro.org>,
        Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@...uxfoundation.org>,
        Jan Blunck <jblunck@...radead.org>,
        Julia Lawall <julia.lawall@...6.fr>,
        Marcus Meissner <meissner@...e.de>, Gary Lin <GLin@...e.com>,
        LSM List <linux-security-module@...r.kernel.org>,
        linux-efi <linux-efi@...r.kernel.org>,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: Firmware signing -- Re: [PATCH 00/27] security, efi: Add kernel lockdown

On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 3:50 PM, Luis R. Rodriguez <mcgrof@...nel.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 12:18:54PM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>> This is all theoretical security masturbation. The _real_ attacks have
>> been elsewhere.
>
> In my research on this front I'll have to agree with this, in terms of
> justification and there are only *two* arguments which I've so far have found
> to justify firmware signing:
>
> a) If you want signed modules, you therefore should want signed firmware.
>    This however seems to be solved by using trusted boot thing, given it
>    seems trusted boot requires having firmware be signed as well. (Docs
>    would be useful to get about where in the specs this is mandated,
>    anyone?). Are there platforms that don't have trusted boot or for which
>    they don't enforce hardware checking for signed firmware for which
>    we still want to support firmware signing for? Are there platforms
>    that require and use module signing but don't and won't have a trusted
>    boot of some sort? Do we care?

TPM-backed Trusted Boot means you don't /need/ to sign anything, since
the measurements of what you loaded will end up in the TPM. But
signatures make it a lot easier, since you can just assert that only
signed material will be loaded and so you only need to measure the
kernel and the trusted keys.

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