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Date:   Fri, 16 Dec 2022 12:55:18 -0800
From:   Eric Biggers <>
To:     Luca Boccassi <>
        Jes Sorensen <>,
        Victor Hsieh <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] fsverity: mark builtin signatures as deprecated

On Thu, Dec 08, 2022 at 09:37:29PM +0000, Luca Boccassi wrote:
> The second question is easy: because the kernel is the right place for
> our use case to do this verification and enforcement, exactly like dm-
> verity does.

Well, dm-verity's in-kernel signature verification support is a fairly new
feature.  Most users of dm-verity don't use it, and will not be using it.

> Userspace is largely untrusted, or much lower trust anyway.

Yes, which means the kernel is highly trusted.  Which is why parsing complex
binary formats, X.509 and PKCS#7, in C code in the kernel is not a great idea...

- Eric

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