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Re: [dm-devel] dm-integrity: integrity protection device-mapper target

On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 4:20 AM, Kasatkin, Dmitry
<dmitry kasatkin intel com> wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 8:09 AM, Will Drewry <redpig dataspill org> wrote:
>> On Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 5:29 PM, Mikulas Patocka <mpatocka redhat com> wrote:
>>> On Fri, 18 Jan 2013, Kasatkin, Dmitry wrote:
>>>> Hi Mikulas,
>>>> Thanks for looking into it.
>>>> On Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 6:54 AM, Mikulas Patocka <mpatocka redhat com> wrote:
>>> Can the attacker modify the partition with hashes? - or do you store it in
>>> another place that is supposed to be secure?
>> Given that HMACs are being used to authenticate blocks, I'd assume,
>> until corrected, that the HMACs aren't required to be on secure
>> storage.  To that end, it seems like there is a distinct risk that an
>> attacker could use old data blocks and old HMACs to construct an
>> "authentic" dm-integrity target that doesn't match anything the
>> user/TPM ever saw in aggregate before.  Perhaps I missed something
>> when I skimmed the code, but it doesn't seem trivial to version the
>> data or bind them to a large enough group of adjacent blocks without
>> paying more computational costs (like using a Merkle tree with an
>> HMAC'd root node). Technically, all the blocks would still be
>> authentic, but the ordering in time and space wouldn't be. I'd love to
>> know what ideas you have for that, or if that sort of attack is out of
>> scope?  For ordering in space, inclusion of the sector index in the
>> HMAC might help.
> Hello,
> Yes. You are right. All is about computational and IO costs.
> "In time" is really hard to manage. The key is the same and there is a
> possibility to
> replace the blocks with older block.
> But this is a case with encryption as well. right?

I'm not a crypto-expert, but it all depends on if blocks are
interrelated in any way (and thus the algorithm and configuration).
Of course, encryption and integrity are often separate for a reason :)

The 'in time' problem is tricky, but I guess this is a good reason to
extend dm-verity to also have a kernel-supported write mode.  It could
be used as an alternative to the hmac'd block approach (with a
TPM/whatever-signed root hash) to achieve both in-time and in-space
resilience.  Of course, the user would need to decide on the cost then
-- more I/O+CPU versus their risk tolerance.

> "in space" - it is easier. As you said sector index might be used like
> with encryption.
> Please have a look to dm_int_calc_hmac(). It uses already offset in
> calculations..
>         err = crypto_shash_init(&desc.shash);
>         if (!err)
>                 err = crypto_shash_update(&desc.shash, digest, size);
>         if (!err)
>                 err = crypto_shash_finup(&desc.shash, (u8 *)&offset,
>                                           sizeof(offset), hmac);

Nice - I misread that!  At least that keeps replays pinned to the same
block index for direct replays.


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