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Re: Linux DRTM on UEFI platforms

From: Matthew Garrett
Subject: Re: Linux DRTM on UEFI platforms
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2022 18:46:38 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.10.1 (2018-07-13)

On Wed, Aug 10, 2022 at 06:37:18PM +0930, Brendan Trotter wrote:

> [1] doesn't provide any useful information. How does a kernel know
> that the callback provided by boot loader actually measures what it's
> supposed to measure, or even does anything at all?

The kernel has no way to know this - *any* code you've run before 
performing a measurement could tamper with the kernel such that it 
believes it's fine. This is just as true in DRTM as it is in SRTM. But 
you know what the expected measurements should be, so you're able to 
either seal secrets to those PCR values or rely on remote attestation.

> [1] doesn't provide any useful information. Senter and skinit don't
> provide a method for kernel to detect that (e.g.) a MiTM boot loader
> has always measured a forgery and has changed unmeasured code in a
> different way every time you boot.

Measurements are not opaque objects. If you're not able to reconstruct 
the expected measurement then you're doing it wrong.

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