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Date:   Wed, 20 Dec 2017 12:13:05 +0200
From:   Jarkko Sakkinen <>
To:     "Christopherson, Sean J" <>
Cc:     "" <>,
Subject: Re: [intel-sgx-kernel-dev] [PATCH v5 06/11] intel_sgx: driver for
 Intel Software Guard Extensions

On Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 11:24:55PM +0000, Christopherson, Sean J wrote:
> Exposing the token generated by the in-kernel LE doesn't affect the
> kernel's power in the slightest, e.g. the kernel doesn't need a LE
> to refuse to run an enclave and a privileged user can always load
> an out-of-tree driver if they really want to circumvent the kernel's
> policies, which is probably easier than stealing the LE's private key.

If the MSRs are read-only, kernel does need an LE in order to launch
enclaves if it only has the SIGSTRUCT.

User with abilities to load out-of-tree driver or otherwise
modify the running kernel code does not really work as an argument
in to any direction.


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