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Date: Tue, 12 May 2020 23:03:23 +0100
From: David Howells <>
To: "Jason A. Donenfeld" <>
    LKML <>,
    Andy Lutomirski <>,
    Greg KH <>,
    Linus Torvalds <>,,
    Eric Biggers <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3] security/keys: rewrite big_key crypto to use library interface

Jason A. Donenfeld <> wrote:

> So long as that ->update function:
> 1. Deletes the old on-disk data.
> 2. Deletes the old key from the inode.
> 3. Generates a new key using get_random_bytes.
> 4. Stores that new key in the inode.
> 5. Encrypts the updated data afresh with the new key.
> 6. Puts the updated data onto disk,
> then this is fine with me, and feel free to have my Acked-by if you
> want. But if it doesn't do that -- i.e. if it tries to reuse the old
> key or similar -- then this isn't fine. But it sounds like from what
> you've described that things are actually fine, in which case, I guess
> it makes sense to apply your patch ontop of mine and commit these.

Yep.  It calls big_key_destroy(), which clears away the old stuff just as when
a key is being destroyed, then generic_key_instantiate() just as when a key is
being set up.

The key ID and the key metadata (ownership, perms, expiry) are maintained, but
the payload is just completely replaced.


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