[PATCH 0/7] ima: carry the measurement list across kexec

Mimi Zohar zohar at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Tue Aug 9 22:36:44 AEST 2016

On Tue, 2016-08-09 at 15:19 +1000, Balbir Singh wrote:
> On 04/08/16 22:24, Mimi Zohar wrote:
> > The TPM PCRs are only reset on a hard reboot.  In order to validate a
> > TPM's quote after a soft reboot (eg. kexec -e), the IMA measurement list
> > of the running kernel must be saved and then restored on the subsequent
> > boot.
> > 
> > The existing securityfs binary_runtime_measurements file conveniently
> > provides a serialized format of the IMA measurement list. This patch
> > set serializes the measurement list in this format and restores it.
> > 
> > This patch set pre-req's Thiago Bauermann's "kexec_file: Add buffer
> > hand-over for the next kernel" patch set* for actually carrying the
> > serialized measurement list across the kexec.
> > 
> > Mimi
> > 
> Hi, Mimi
> I am trying to convince myself of the security of the solution. I asked
> Thiago as well, but may be I am be lagging behind in understanding.
> We trust the kernel to hand over PCR values of the old kernel (which
> cannot be validated) to the IMA subsystem in the new kernel for storage.
> I guess the idea is for ima_add_boot_aggregate to do the right thing?
> How do we validate what the old kernel is giving us? Why do we care for
> the old measurement list? Is it still of significance in the new kernel?

Hi Balbir,

To validate the hardware TPM PCR values requires walking the measurement
list simulating the TPM extend operation.  The resulting values should
match the hardware TPM PCRs.

In the case of a soft reboot, the TPM PCRs are not reset to 0, so all
the measurements of the running system, including those from previous
soft reboots, need to be included in the measurement list.   Without
these measurements, the simulated PCR values will not match the hardware
TPM PCR values.  Thus the need for this patch set.

Measurements can not be added/removed/changed in the measurement list
without it being detectable.


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