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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 1/2] security/keys/secure_key: Adds the secure key support based on CAAM.
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On Fri, 2018-08-03 at 07:58 -0400, Mimi Zohar wrote:
> On Thu, 2018-08-02 at 17:14 +0100, David Howells wrote:
> > Udit Agarwal <udit.agarwal@nxp.com> wrote:
> >
> > > +==========
> > > +Secure Key
> > > +==========
> > > +
> > > +Secure key is the new type added to kernel key ring service.
> > > +Secure key is a symmetric type key of minimum length 32 bytes
> > > +and with maximum possible length to be 128 bytes. It is produced
> > > +in kernel using the CAAM crypto engine. Userspace can only see
> > > +the blob for the corresponding key. All the blobs are displayed
> > > +or loaded in hex ascii.
> >
> > To echo Mimi, this sounds suspiciously like it should have a
> > generic interface, not one that's specifically tied to one piece of
> > hardware - particularly if it's named with generic "secure".
> >
> > Can you convert this into a "symmetric" type and make the backend
> > pluggable?
>
> TPM 1.2 didn't support symmetric keys.  For this reason, the TPM
> "unseals" the random number, used as a symmetric key, and returns the
> "unsealed" data to the kernel.
>
> Does anyone know if CAAM or TPM 2.0 have support for symmetric keys?

It depends what you mean by "support". The answer is technically yes,
it's the TPM2_EncryptDecrypt primitive. However, the practical answer
is that symmetric keys are mostly used for bulk operations and the TPM
and its bus are way too slow to support that, so the only real,
practical use case is to have the TPM govern the release conditions for
symmetric keys which are later used by a fast bulk encryptor/decryptor
based in software.

>  If they have symmetric key support, there would be no need for the
> symmetric key ever to leave the device in the clear.  The device
> would unseal/decrypt data, such as an encrypted key.
>
> The "symmetric" key type would be a generic interface for different
> devices.

It's possible, but it would only work for a non-bulk use case; do we
have one of those?

James

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