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SubjectRe: [PATCH] tpm: Salt tpm_get_random() result with get_random_bytes()
On Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 02:16:20PM +0300, Janne Karhunen wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 1:41 PM Jarkko Sakkinen
> <jarkko.sakkinen@linux.intel.com> wrote:
>
> > > > get_random_bytes(). TPM could have a bug (making results predicatable),
> > > > backdoor or even an inteposer in the bus. Salting gives protections
> > > > against these concerns.
> > >
> > > The current issue in the randomness from my point of view is that
> > > encrypted filesystems, ima etc in common deployments require high
> > > quality entropy just few seconds after the system has powered on for
> > > the first time. It is likely that people want to keep their keys
> > > device specific, so the keys need to be generated on the first boot
> > > before any of the filesystems mount.
> >
> > This patch does not have the described issue.
>
> My understanding was that you wanted to make the tpm_get_random() an
> alternative to get_random_bytes(), and one reason why one might want
> to do this is to work around the issues in get_random_bytes() in early
> init as it may not be properly seeded. But sure, if you this wasn't
> among the problems being solved then forget it.

I'm trying to get a framework on how rng's should be used in the
kernel. There doesn't seem to be one.

/Jarkko

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