SUSE and Secure Boot: The Details (SUSE Blog)
[Security] Posted Aug 11, 2012 4:16 UTC (Sat) by jake
Vojtěch Pavlík explains SUSE's plans for supporting UEFI secure boot on the company's blog. It is similar to the Fedora approach, but creates its own key database for the shim bootloader to use with UEFI "Boot Services Only Variables". These "Machine Owner Keys" (MOKs) can be updated only during execution of the shim, thus allowing users to update them, but protecting them from overwrite by malware. "The enrollment process begins by rebooting the machine and interrupting the boot process (e.g., pressing a key) when the shim loads. The shim will then go into enrollment mode, allowing the user to replace the default SUSE key with keys from a file on the boot partition. If the user chooses to do so, the shim will then calculate a hash of that file and put the result in a “Boot Services Only” variable. This allows the shim to detect any change of the file made outside of Boot Services and thus avoid the tampering with the list of user approved MOKs." Matthew Garrett called it a "wonderfully elegant solution" and suspects that Fedora will adopt it too.
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