+++ Matthew Garrett [04/08/17 11:07 -0700]:
Distributions may wish to provide kernels that permit loading of
unsigned modules based on certain policy decisions. Right now that
results in the kernel being tainted whenever an unsigned module is
loaded, which may not be desirable. Add a config option to disable that.

Hi Matthew!

I think I'm missing some context here. Could you provide some more
background and help me understand why we want to go into all this
trouble just to avoid a taint?  Was there a recent bug report, mailing
list discussion, etc. that spurred you to write this patch? I'm not
understanding why this particular taint is undesirable.

I still think there is informational value in providing the unsigned
module taint on a kernel that supports module signatures (CONFIG_MODULE_SIG).
When debugging or trawling through crash dumps, module taints are
useful for developers to immediately identify which modules were
out-of-tree, which were unsigned and therefore not originally shipped
by the distro etc, which often applies to e.g. 3rd party/dkms modules.
And if a user for example locally compiles a module without signing it
why would the unsigned module taint bother them more than the
out-of-tree one (because that module would get both taints)?

If it is the "module verification failed" message that is actually
scaring users, we could perhaps "soften" it to say something like
"loading unsigned module X".


Signed-off-by: Matthew Garrett <mj...@google.com>
init/Kconfig    | 13 ++++++++++++-
kernel/module.c |  2 ++
2 files changed, 14 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/init/Kconfig b/init/Kconfig
index 8514b25db21c..196860c5d1e5 100644
--- a/init/Kconfig
+++ b/init/Kconfig
@@ -1749,12 +1749,23 @@ config MODULE_SIG
          debuginfo strip done by some packagers (such as rpmbuild) and
          inclusion into an initramfs that wants the module size reduced.

+       bool "Taint the kernel if unsigned modules are loaded"
+       default y
+       depends on MODULE_SIG
+       help
+         Taint the kernel if an unsigned kernel module is loaded. If this
+         option is enabled, the kernel will be tainted on an attempt to load
+         an unsigned module or signed modules for which we don't have a key
+         even if signature enforcement is disabled.
        bool "Require modules to be validly signed"
        depends on MODULE_SIG
          Reject unsigned modules or signed modules for which we don't have a
-         key.  Without this, such modules will simply taint the kernel.
+         key. Without this, such modules will be loaded successfully but will
+         (if MODULE_UNSIGNED_TAINT is set) taint the kernel.

        bool "Automatically sign all modules"
diff --git a/kernel/module.c b/kernel/module.c
index 40f983cbea81..71f80c8816f2 100644
--- a/kernel/module.c
+++ b/kernel/module.c
@@ -3660,12 +3660,14 @@ static int load_module(struct load_info *info, const 
char __user *uargs,

        mod->sig_ok = info->sig_ok;
        if (!mod->sig_ok) {
                pr_notice_once("%s: module verification failed: signature "
                               "and/or required key missing - tainting "
                               "kernel\n", mod->name);
                add_taint_module(mod, TAINT_UNSIGNED_MODULE, LOCKDEP_STILL_OK);

        /* To avoid stressing percpu allocator, do this once we're unique. */

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