On Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 6:08 PM, Ard Biesheuvel
<ard.biesheu...@linaro.org> wrote:
> On 22 February 2018 at 18:07, Linus Torvalds
> <torva...@linux-foundation.org> wrote:
>> On Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 9:54 AM, Luck, Tony <tony.l...@intel.com> wrote:
>>> With the new "while/nap" change there would still be one message
>>> per second, but the number of callbacks suppressed should be 1
>>> (unless the user has many threads doing reads).
>>>
>>> Maybe it is good to know that an application is doing something
>>> stupid and we should drop that line from the patch and let the
>>> warnings flow?
>>
>> I think the "one message per second" is fine.
>>
>> Looks good. Do I get this through the EFI tree, or should I just take
>> it directly?
>>
>
> Please take it directly if everybody is happy with it.
>
> Acked-by: Ard Biesheuvel <ard.biesheu...@linaro.org>

I don't like this at all.  We're coming up with a bizarre ad-hoc hack
to work around the fact that we're allowing any unprivileged user can
call into firmware.  Let's just require privilege.  As I understand
it, Windows already requires privilege, and Windows is *right*.

Let's apply the original patch, not my patch.  Then, if it causes
problems with sealtotp, either users can chmod the relevant file or we
can add a gross hack in the kernel to make that particular file 0644
*and print a warning* if the file exists.  Then users can bug mjg to
fix sealtotp to use a privileged helper or systemd service or whatever
and rename the file at the same time.

But I read the sealtotp manual, and I don't see the point of using an
EFI var for sealtotp in the first place.  sealtotp supports TPM NV
storage, EFI vars, and plain old files.  I get why TPM NV makes
logical sense (sealtotp is a TPM thing), and using a plain old file
seems entirely reasonable.  I don't see why anyone would prefer an EFI
variable.

--Andy
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