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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 0/3] initramfs: add support for xattrs in the initial ram disk
On Tue, May 14, 2019 at 07:20:15PM +0200, Roberto Sassu wrote:
> On 5/14/2019 6:58 PM, Greg KH wrote:
> > On Tue, May 14, 2019 at 06:33:29PM +0200, Roberto Sassu wrote:
> >> Right, the measurement/signature verification of the kernel image is
> >> sufficient.
> >>
> >> Now, assuming that we defer the IMA initialization until /init in the
> >> embedded initramfs has been executed, the problem is how to handle
> >> processes launched with the user mode helper or files directly read by
> >> the kernel (if it can happen before /init is executed). If IMA is not
> >> yet enabled, these operations will be performed without measurement and
> >> signature verification.
> >
> > If you really care about this, don't launch any user mode helper
> > programs (hint, you have the kernel option to control this and funnel
> > everything into one, or no, binaries). And don't allow the kernel to
> > read any files either, again, you have control over this.
> >
> > Or start IMA earlier if you need/want/care about this.
> Yes, this is how it works now. It couldn't start earlier than
> late_initcall, as it has to wait until the TPM driver is initialized.
> Anyway, it is enabled at the time /init is executed. And this would be
> an issue because launching /init and reading xattrs from /.xattr-list
> would be denied (the signature is missing).
> And /.xattr-list won't have a signature, if initramfs is generated
> locally.
> Roberto
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The uevent and firmware loader user mode helpers are both obsolete I
believe, so those shouldn't be an issue.

There is still the internal firmware loader (CONFIG_FW_LOADER). If this
is built-in, there's probably no way to 100% stop it racing with /init if we
depend on an embedded /init and a malicious external initramfs image
contains /lib/firmware, but it can be built as an external module, in
which case there should be no danger until the boot process actually loads it.

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