Re: [RFC 2/2] initramfs with digital signature protection

From: Vivek Goyal
Date: Mon Feb 11 2013 - 16:59:40 EST

On Fri, Feb 08, 2013 at 03:27:30PM +0200, Kasatkin, Dmitry wrote:
> >>
> >> Dmitry,
> >>
> >> How do we make sure that this is the first call to user mode helpers. I
> >> see that we first unpacked unsigned initramfs. Then after a while we
> >> unpacked signed initramfs on /root and did a chroot. But now there is
> >> a window before chroot, where kernel might call into /sbin/hotplug or
> >> /sbin/modprobe from unsigned initramfs?
> >>
> >> Specifically, I put some printk and I am seeing calls to /sbin/hotplug
> >> before we even unpacked signed initramfs.
> >
> I did some experiments and made this patch which prevents launching
> of user mode helpers before pre-init from signed image is executed.
> I do not know if this is the right way to do it, but at least it works for me.
> The whole idea of these patches is to allow simple usage of signed image,
> without the need to modify kernel parameters (0 block) and boot loaders....
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> commit a99eaa06ab142906da67800423425b7c5def0a3e
> Author: Dmitry Kasatkin <dmitry.kasatkin@xxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Fri Feb 8 15:05:22 2013 +0200
> initramfs_sig: prevent usermode helpers before signed image is executed
> This patch prevents execution of user mode helper before /pre-init
> is executed.
> Signed-off-by: Dmitry Kasatkin <dmitry.kasatkin@xxxxxxxxx>

Yep. This seems to have blocked the calls going out to user space and
returns with -EBUSY

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