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Il giorno gio 14 set 2023 alle ore 13:28 Alessandro Carminati (Red
Hat) <> ha scritto:
> This patch sets up a new feature to the Linux kernel to have the ability,
> while module signature checking is enabled, to delay the moment where
> these signatures are effectively checked. The feature is structure into
> two main key points, the feature can be enabled by a new command line
> kernel argument, while in delay mode, the kernel waits until the
> userspace communicates to start checking signature modules.
> This operation can be done by writing a value in a securityfs file,
> which works the same as /sys/kernel/security/lockdown.
> Patch 1/2: Modules: Introduce boot-time module signature flexibility
> The first patch in this set fundamentally alters the kernel's behavior
> at boot time by implementing a delayed module signature verification
> mechanism. It introduces a new boot-time kernel argument that allows
> users to request this delay. By doing so, we aim to capitalize on the
> cryptographic checks already performed on the kernel and initrd images
> during the secure boot process. As a result, we can significantly
> improve the boot speed without compromising system security.
> Patch 2/2: docs: Update kernel-parameters.txt for signature verification
> enhancement
> The second patch is just to update the kernel parameters list
> documentation.
> Background and Motivation
> In certain contexts, boot speed becomes crucial. This patch follows the
> recognition that security checks can at times be redundant. Therefore,
> it proves valuable to skip those checks that have already been validated.
> In a typical Secure Boot startup with an initrd, the bootloader is
> responsible for verifying artifacts before relinquishing control. In a
> verified initrd image, it is reasonable to assume that its content is
> also secure. Consequently, verifying module signatures may be deemed
> unnecessary.
> This patch introduces a feature to skip signature verification during
> the initrd boot phase.
> Alessandro Carminati (Red Hat) (2):
>   Modules: Introduce boot-time module signature flexibility
>   docs: Update kernel-parameters.txt for signature verification
>     enhancement
>  .../admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt         |  9 +++
>  include/linux/module.h                        |  4 ++
>  kernel/module/main.c                          | 14 +++--
>  kernel/module/signing.c                       | 56 +++++++++++++++++++
>  4 files changed, 77 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)
> --
> 2.34.1

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