Re: [PATCH] x86/efi: pull NV+BS variables out before we exit bootservices

From: Matthew Garrett
Date: Tue Mar 19 2013 - 19:18:05 EST

On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 11:00:31PM +0000, James Bottomley wrote:
> On Tue, 2013-03-19 at 18:50 +0000, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> > Well, that somewhat complicates implementation - we'd be encrypting the
> > entire contents of memory except for the key that we're using to encrypt
> > memory. Keeping the public key away from userspace avoids having to care
> > about that.
> I don't quite understand what you're getting at: the principle of public
> key cryptography is that you can make the public key, well public. You
> only need to guard the private key.

Ok, so let's just rephrase it as asymmetric cryptography. The aim is to
ensure that there's never a situation where userspace can decrypt a
hibernation file, modify it and reencrypt it. So, shim (or whatever)
generates a keypair. The encryption key is passed to the kernel being
booted. The decryption key is stashed in a variable in order to be
passed to the resume kernel.

If the decryption key is available to userspace then the kernel needs to
discard the encryption key during image write-out - otherwise the
encryption key will be in the encrypted image. If the decryption key
isn't available to userspace then this isn't a concern.

If the decryption key *is* available to userspace (as it would be in
your case), there's a requirement to discard the encryption key during
the hibernation process. This isn't impossible, but it does add a little
to the complexity.

Matthew Garrett | mjg59@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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