Re: [PATCH v5 03/21] evm: re-release

From: Harald Hoyer
Date: Fri May 20 2011 - 07:12:19 EST

Am 20.05.2011 00:49, schrieb Mimi Zohar:
> On Thu, 2011-05-19 at 01:05 -0500, Serge E. Hallyn wrote:
>> Quoting Mimi Zohar (zohar@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx):
>>> EVM protects a file's security extended attributes(xattrs) against integrity
>>> attacks. This patchset provides the framework and an initial method. The
>>> initial method maintains an HMAC-sha1 value across the security extended
>>> attributes, storing the HMAC value as the extended attribute 'security.evm'.
>>> Other methods of validating the integrity of a file's metadata will be posted
>>> separately (eg. EVM-digital-signatures).
>>> While this patchset does authenticate the security xattrs, and
>>> cryptographically binds them to the inode, coming extensions will bind other
>>> directory and inode metadata for more complete protection. To help simplify
>>> the review and upstreaming process, each extension will be posted separately
>>> (eg. IMA-appraisal, IMA-appraisal-directory). For a general overview of the
>>> proposed Linux integrity subsystem, refer to Dave Safford's whitepaper:
>>> EVM depends on the Kernel Key Retention System to provide it with a
>>> trusted/encrypted key for the HMAC-sha1 operation. The key is loaded onto the
>>> root's keyring using keyctl. Until EVM receives notification that the key has
>>> been successfully loaded onto the keyring (echo 1 > <securityfs>/evm), EVM can
>>> not create or validate the 'security.evm' xattr, but returns INTEGRITY_UNKNOWN.
>>> Loading the key and signaling EVM should be done as early as possible. Normally
>>> this is done in the initramfs, which has already been measured as part of the
>>> trusted boot. For more information on creating and loading existing
>>> trusted/encrypted keys, refer to Documentation/keys-trusted-encrypted.txt. A
>>> sample dracut patch, which loads the trusted/encrypted key and enables EVM, is
>>> available from
>> That should read
> Thanks for catching that.

The dracut patch, could easily turned into a separate dracut module with its own
files, without patching. Somebody did not understand the modular nature of
dracut. While you are at it, I happily integrate that module in upstream, if you
submit it to the initramfs mailing list.
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