Subject: Trusted kernel patchset for Secure Boot lockdown
Date: Wednesday 26th February 2014 20:11:01 UTC (over 2 years ago)
The conclusion we came to at Plumbers was that this patchset was basically fine but that Linus hated the name "securelevel" more than I hate pickled herring, so after thinking about this for a few months I've come up with "Trusted Kernel". This flag indicates that the kernel is, via some external mechanism, trusted and should behave that way. If firmware has some way to verify the kernel, it can pass that information on. If userspace has some way to verify the kernel, it can set the flag itself. However, userspace should not attempt to use the flag as a means to verify that the kernel was trusted - untrusted userspace could have set it on an untrusted kernel, but by the same metric an untrusted kernel could just set it itself. If people object to this name then I swear to god that I will open a poll on Phoronix to decide the next attempt and you will like that even less.