[RFC] efi_loader: improve firmware capsule authentication

Sughosh Ganu sughosh.ganu at linaro.org
Fri Apr 23 08:25:04 CEST 2021


On Fri, 23 Apr 2021 at 11:17, AKASHI Takahiro <takahiro.akashi at linaro.org>

> Heinrich,
> I'm currently thinking of improving capsule authentication
> that Sughosh has made, particularly around mkeficapsule command:
> 1) Add a signing feature to the command
>    This will allow us to create a *signed* capsule file solely
>    with mkeficapsule. We will no longer rely on EDK2's script.
> 2) Delete "-K" and "-D" option
>    Specifically, revert 322c813f4bec ("mkeficapsule: Add support
>    for embedding public key in a dtb")
>    As I said, this feature doesn't have anything to do with
>    creating a capsule file. Above all, we can do the same thing
>    with the existing commands (dtc and fdtoverlay).

I would vote against this particular revert that you are suggesting. I have
already submitted a patchset which is under review[1], which is adding
support for embedding the key in the platform's dtb, using the above
functionality in mkeficapsule. I don't see any reason why we should be
adding this logic in another utility, and cannot use the mkeficapsule
utility for embedding the public key in the platform's dtb. The
mkeficapsule utility can be extended to add the authentication information
that you plan to submit.


[1] - https://lists.denx.de/pipermail/u-boot/2021-April/447183.html

> 3) Add pytest for capsule authentication with sandbox
> Now I have done all of them above although some cleanup work is
> still needed. I think that (2) should be done in 2021.04.
> I plan to send patches for 1-3 (and maybe 5 and 7 below) if you agree.
> Other concerns:
> 4) Documentation
>    Currently, "doc/board/emulation/qemu_capsule_update.rst" is
>    the only document about the usage of UEFI capsule on U-Boot.
>    Unfortunately, it contains some errors and more importantly,
>    most of the content are generic, not qemu-specific.
> 5) Certificate (public key) in dtb
>    That's fine, but again "board/emulation/common/qemu_capsule.c"
>    is naturally generic. It should be available for other platforms
>    with a new Kconfig option.
>    # IMHO, I don't understand why the data in dtb needs be in
>    efi-signature-list structure. A single key (cert) would be enough.
> 6) "capsule_authentication_enabled"
>    I think that we have agreed with deleting this variable.
>    But I don't see any patch.
>    Moreover, capsule authentication must be enforced only
>    is set. But there is no code to check the flag.
> 7) Pytest is broken
>    Due to your and Ilias' recent patches, existing pytests for
>    secure boot as well as capsule update are now broken.
>    I'm not sure why you have not yet noticed.
>    Presumably, Travis CI now skips those tests?
> If I have some time in the future, I will address them.
> But Sughosh can do as well.
> -Takahiro Akashi

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