Why wipe crypto keys during suspend (was Re: [PATCH 0/3] dm-crypt: Adds support for wiping key when doing suspend/hibernation)
From: Pavel Machek
Date: Mon Apr 06 2015 - 17:13:49 EST
On Mon 2015-04-06 16:51:45, Mike Snitzer wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 06 2015 at 9:25am -0400,
> Pavel Machek <pavel@xxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Mon 2015-04-06 09:00:46, Mike Snitzer wrote:
> > > On Sun, Apr 05 2015 at 1:20pm -0400,
> > > Pali Rohár <pali.rohar@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > >
> > > > This patch series increase security of suspend and hibernate actions. It allows
> > > > user to safely wipe crypto keys before suspend and hibernate actions starts
> > > > without race conditions on userspace process with heavy I/O.
> > > >
> > > > To automatically wipe cryto key for <device> before hibernate action call:
> > > > $ dmsetup message <device> 0 key wipe_on_hibernation 1
> > > >
> > > > To automatically wipe cryto key for <device> before suspend action call:
> > > > $ dmsetup message <device> 0 key wipe_on_suspend 1
> > > >
> > > > (Value 0 after wipe_* string reverts original behaviour - to not wipe key)
> > >
> > > Can you elaborate on the attack vector your changes are meant to protect
> > > against? The user already authorized access, why is it inherently
> > > dangerous to _not_ wipe the associated key across these events?
> > Umm. You are using your notebook. It is unlikely to be stolen at that
> > point. You close the lid and board the airplane, stowing it in
> > overhead bin. There's much better chance of notebook being stolen now.
> Yes, pretty straight forward but the thief would need to then login upon
> resume (at least with most common desktop configs)... the barrier then
> is only the strength of the user's password and not the crypt
Why would he want to do that? :-).
No; at that point, attacker would either wait for something remotely
exploitable to exploit, or attach JTAG debugger to the machine, or use
liquid nitrogen on RAMs and then attach them to running machine.
Yes, it is better when keys are not on your machine when it is stolen.
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