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SubjectRe: [PATCH] security/keys/trusted: Allow operation without hardware TPM
On Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 5:56 PM James Bottomley <jejb@linux.ibm.com> wrote:
>
> On Mon, 2019-03-18 at 17:30 -0700, Dan Williams wrote:
> > On Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 5:24 PM James Bottomley <jejb@linux.ibm.com>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > On Mon, 2019-03-18 at 16:45 -0700, Dan Williams wrote:
> > > > Rather than fail initialization of the trusted.ko module, arrange
> > > > for the module to load, but rely on trusted_instantiate() to fail
> > > > trusted-key operations.
> > >
> > > What actual problem is this fixing? To me it would seem like an
> > > enhancement to make the trusted module fail at load time if there's
> > > no TPM rather than waiting until first use to find out it can never
> > > work. Is there some piece of user code that depends on the
> > > successful insertion of trusted.ko?
> >
> > The module dependency chain relies on it. If that can be broken that
> > would also be an acceptable fix.
> >
> > I found this through the following dependency chain: libnvdimm.ko ->
> > encrypted_keys.ko -> trusted.ko.
> >
> > "key_type_trusted" is the symbol that encrypted_keys needs regardless
> > of whether the tpm is present.
>
> That's a nasty dependency caused by every key type module exporting a
> symbol for its key type. It really seems that key types should be
> looked up by name not symbol to prevent more of these dependency issues
> from spreading. Something like this (untested and definitely won't
> work without doing an EXPORT_SYMBOL on key_type_lookup).
>
> If it does look acceptable we can also disentangle the nasty module
> dependencies in the encrypted key code around masterkey which alone
> should be a huge improvement because that code is too hacky to live.

Looks good to me. I fired it up with the export added and also included a:

MODULE_SOFTDEP("pre: trusted");

...to encourage trusted.ko to be ready, if possible, for the lookup.

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