Re: [PATCH 1/4] KEYS: Insert incompressible bytes to reserve space in bzImage

From: Mehmet Kayaalp
Date: Fri Nov 25 2016 - 14:49:09 EST

> On Nov 25, 2016, at 4:06 AM, David Howells <dhowells@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Mehmet Kayaalp <mkayaalp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Include a random filled binary in vmlinux at the space reserved with
>> CONFIG_SYSTEM_EXTRA_CERTIFICATE. This results in an uncompressed reserved
>> area inside the bzImage as well, so that it can be replaced with an actual
>> certificate later (after the bzImage is distributed).
> You haven't said *why* you need an incompressible buffer. I presume it's
> something to do with the decompression wrapper.

After you replace zeroes with a certificate and compress again, the image size
increases. Then, repackaging the bzImage becomes difficult.

>From the commit message of 3/4:

> This patch adds the capability of extracting the
> vmlinux, inserting the certificate, and repackaging the result into a
> bzImage.
> It only works if the resulting compressed vmlinux is smaller than the
> original. Otherwise re-linking would be required. To make the reserved
> space allocate actual space in bzImage, incompressible bytes are
> inserted into the vmlinux as a placeholder for the extra certificate.