[PATCH v3 1/3] crypto: mxs-dcp: Add support for hardware provided keys

Jarkko Sakkinen jarkko at kernel.org
Tue Sep 26 01:22:22 AEST 2023

On Mon Sep 18, 2023 at 5:18 PM EEST, David Gstir wrote:
> DCP is capable to performing AES with hardware-bound keys.
> These keys are not stored in main memory and are therefore not directly
> accessible by the operating system.
> So instead of feeding the key into DCP, we need to place a
> reference to such a key before initiating the crypto operation.
> Keys are referenced by a one byte identifiers.

Not sure what the action of feeding key into DCP even means if such
action does not exists.

What you probably would want to describe here is how keys get created
and how they are referenced by the kernel.

For the "use" part please try to avoid academic paper style long
expression starting with "we" pronomine.

So the above paragraph would normalize into "The keys inside DCP
are referenced by one byte identifier". Here of course would be
for the context nice to know what is this set of DCP keys. E.g.
are total 256 keys or some subset?

When using too much prose there can be surprsingly little digestable
information, thus this nitpicking.

> DCP supports 6 different keys: 4 slots in the secure memory area,
> a one time programmable key which can be burnt via on-chip fuses
> and an unique device key.
> Using these keys is restricted to in-kernel users that use them as building
> block for other crypto tools such as trusted keys. Allowing userspace
> (e.g. via AF_ALG) to use these keys to crypt or decrypt data is a security
> risk, because there is no access control mechanism.

Unless this patch has anything else than trusted keys this should not
be an open-ended sentence. You want to say roughly that DCP hardware
keys are implemented for the sake to implement trusted keys support,
and exactly and only that.

This description also lacks actions taken by the code changes below,
which is really the beef of any commit description.

BR, Jarkko

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