[RFC] Kdump with UEFI secure boot (Re: [PATCH v2] kdump: pass acpi_rsdp= to 2nd kernel for efi booting)

Eric W. Biederman ebiederm at xmission.com
Mon Oct 22 17:11:38 EDT 2012

Vivek Goyal <vgoyal at redhat.com> writes:

> On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 10:31:12AM -0400, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> [..]
>> - What happens to purgatory code. It is unsigned piece of code which
>>   runs in kernel?
> Thinking more about it, another not so clean proposal. 
> - So only non-signed executable code user space loads is purgatory. What
>   if we get rid of purgatory and let kernel do the pugatory's job.

I would still say what if we sign purgatory.

> - purgatory seems to be doing few things. (atleast on x86_64).
> 	1. Verifies the checksums of loaded segments.
> 	2. Copies the backup region.
> 	3. Prepares the environment for jumping into target executable.
> 	    (32bit entry or real mode entry etc).
>    First should be easily doable in kernel. At load time kernel can calculate
>    the checksum of loaded segments and can verify the chesum again before
>    during execute time.
>    Second one should be doable too in kernel as kernel can copy the
>    contents to backup region. Just that we shall have to introduce per
>    segment flags so that user space can tell kernel that a particular
>    segment is backup segment. (say KEXEC_BACKUP_SEGMENT).
>    Third one is most tricky as it requires passing extra information to
>    kernel about what kind of setup to do before jumping to entry point. If
>    we can define some generic per arch kexec flags to represent those 
>    states, then kernel can do the job. 
> Doing lots of things based on flags does not sound very clean to me. Over
> a period of time we will end up defining more flags as people come up
> with new situations. But at the same time it can simplify the problem 
> a bit and one does not have to introduce an new system call.

The short version is over time the system call begins to look more and
more like posix spawn, and we start accumulating all kinds of weird
things in the kernel that no one needs anymore.

> Just a thought..., Still scratching my head on how to go about this signed
> image thing without too much of work.

Yeah that is the trick.


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