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Re: EFI and multiboot2 devlopment work for Xen

From: Vladimir 'φ-coder/phcoder' Serbinenko
Subject: Re: EFI and multiboot2 devlopment work for Xen
Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:44:56 +0200
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On 23.10.2013 09:43, Daniel Kiper wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 11:16:24PM +0200, Vladimir 'φ-coder/phcoder' 
> Serbinenko wrote:
>> Mail is big, I think I got your essential points but I didn't read it whole.
>> On 21.10.2013 14:57, Daniel Kiper wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> During work on multiboot2 protocol support for Xen it was discovered
>>> that memory map passed via relevant tag could not represent wide range
>>> of memory types available on EFI platforms. Additionally, GRUB2
>>> implementation calls ExitBootServices() on them just before jumping
>>> into loaded image. In this situation loaded system could not clearly
>>> identify reserved memory regions, EFI runtime services regions and others.
>> Will a multiboot2 tag with whole EFI memory map solve your problem?
>>> Additionally, it should be mentioned that there is no possibility or it 
>>> could
>>> be very difficult to implement secure boot on EFI platforms using GRUB2 as 
>>> boot
>>> loader because, as it was mentioned earlier, it calls ExitBootServices().
>> GRUB has generic support for signing kernels/modules/whatsoever using
>> GnuPG signatures. You'd just have to ship xen.sig and kernel.sig. This
>> method doesn't have any controversy associated with EFI stuff but at
>> this particular case does exactly the same thing: verify signature.
>> multiboot2 is mainly memory structure specification so probably how the
>> files are checked is outside of its scope. But it's possible to add
>> specification on how to embed signatures in kernel.
> I think that EFI signatures should be supported because they are quite
> common right now. However, I think that it is also worth to support
> GnuPG signatures. This way anybody will be able to choose good solution
> for a given case.

> Daniel

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