[PATCH 0/2] RFC: add fdt_add_pubkey tool

Jan Kiszka jan.kiszka at siemens.com
Wed Nov 10 17:49:02 CET 2021

On 10.11.21 17:31, Simon Glass wrote:
> Hi Jan,
> On Wed, 10 Nov 2021 at 00:20, Jan Kiszka <jan.kiszka at siemens.com> wrote:
>> On 10.11.21 07:55, Jan Kiszka wrote:
>>> On 10.11.21 01:58, Simon Glass wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> On Tue, 9 Nov 2021 at 02:17, Jan Kiszka <jan.kiszka at siemens.com> wrote:
>>>>> On 08.11.21 16:28, Roman Kopytin wrote:
>>>>>> In order to reduce the coupling between building the kernel and
>>>>>> U-Boot, I'd like a tool that can add a public key to U-Boot's dtb
>>>>>> without simultaneously signing a FIT image. That tool doesn't seem to
>>>>>> exist, so I stole the necessary pieces from mkimage et al and put it
>>>>>> in a single .c file.
>>>>>> I'm still working on the details of my proposed "require just k out
>>>>>> these n required keys" and how it should be implemented, but it will
>>>>>> probably involve teaching this tool a bunch of new options. These
>>>>>> patches are not necessarily ready for inclusion (unless someone else
>>>>>> finds fdt_add_pubkey useful as is), but I thought I might as well send
>>>>>> it out for early comments.
>>>>> I'd also like to see the usage of this hooked into the build process.
>>>>> And to my understanding of [1], that approach will provide a feature
>>>>> that permits hooking with the build but would expect the key as dtsi
>>>>> fragment. Can we consolidate the approaches?
>>>>> My current vision of a user interface would be a Kconfig option that
>>>>> takes a list of key files to be injected. Maybe make that three lists,
>>>>> one for "required=image", one for "required=conf", and one for optional
>>>>> keys (if that has a use case in practice, no idea).
>>>> Also please take a look at binman which is designed to handle create
>>>> (or later updating from Yocto) the devicetree or firmware image.
>>> Yes, binman is another problem area, but not for the public key
>>> injection, rather for permitting to sign fit images that are described
>>> for binman (rather than for mkimage). I'm currently back to dd for
>>> signing the U-Boot container in
>>> arch/arm/dts/k3-am65-iot2050-boot-image.dtsi, or I would have to split
>>> that FIT image description from that file - both not optimal.
> Well I don't think binman supports that at present, or at least I'm
> not sure what it would do. We don't have a test case for it. If you
> have an idea for how it should work, please send some ideas and I can
> look at it.
>> OK, this can already be optimized with "binman replace" - once I
>> understood where fdtmap can go and where not. Why no support for using
>> map files?
> The fdtmap provides enough information to extract anything from the
> image and regenerate/replace things.
> What is a map file?

*.map, e.g. image.map? Also generated by many binmap <cmd> -m?

>> Jan
>>> And another area: Trust centers that perform the signing (and only that)
>>> usually do not support random formats and workflows but just few common
>>> ones, e.g. x509. It would be nice to have a way to route out the payload
>>> (hashes etc.) that mkimage would sign, ideally into a standard signing
>>> request, and permit to inject the resulting signature at the right
>>> places into the FIT image.
> Well that needs to be provided somewhere. It should be fairly easy to
> get Binman to do this, so long as the image description has info about
> what is being signed.

I would assume that it has to have that information, already to use
mkimage on it or its parts.

>>> But one after the other.
> Possibly, but sometimes it is best to design things up-front.

True as well.


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