Commit 4ae71c1d authored by David Howells's avatar David Howells Committed by Rusty Russell

KEYS: Provide signature verification with an asymmetric key

Provide signature verification using an asymmetric-type key to indicate the
public key to be used.

The API is a single function that can be found in crypto/public_key.h:

	int verify_signature(const struct key *key,
			     const struct public_key_signature *sig)

The first argument is the appropriate key to be used and the second argument
is the parsed signature data:

	struct public_key_signature {
		u8 *digest;
		u16 digest_size;
		enum pkey_hash_algo pkey_hash_algo : 8;
		union {
			MPI mpi[2];
			struct {
				MPI s;		/* m^d mod n */
			} rsa;
			struct {
				MPI r;
				MPI s;
			} dsa;

This should be filled in prior to calling the function.  The hash algorithm
should already have been called and the hash finalised and the output should
be in a buffer pointed to by the 'digest' member.

Any extra data to be added to the hash by the hash format (eg. PGP) should
have been added by the caller prior to finalising the hash.

It is assumed that the signature is made up of a number of MPI values.  If an
algorithm becomes available for which this is not the case, the above structure
will have to change.

It is also assumed that it will have been checked that the signature algorithm
matches the key algorithm.
Signed-off-by: default avatarDavid Howells <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarRusty Russell <>
parent a9681bf3
......@@ -4,6 +4,6 @@
obj-$(CONFIG_ASYMMETRIC_KEY_TYPE) += asymmetric_keys.o
asymmetric_keys-y := asymmetric_type.o
asymmetric_keys-y := asymmetric_type.o signature.o
/* Signature verification with an asymmetric key
* See Documentation/security/asymmetric-keys.txt
* Copyright (C) 2012 Red Hat, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
* Written by David Howells (
* This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
* modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public Licence
* as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version
* 2 of the Licence, or (at your option) any later version.
#include <keys/asymmetric-subtype.h>
#include <linux/module.h>
#include <linux/err.h>
#include <crypto/public_key.h>
#include "asymmetric_keys.h"
* verify_signature - Initiate the use of an asymmetric key to verify a signature
* @key: The asymmetric key to verify against
* @sig: The signature to check
* Returns 0 if successful or else an error.
int verify_signature(const struct key *key,
const struct public_key_signature *sig)
const struct asymmetric_key_subtype *subtype;
int ret;
pr_devel("==>%s()\n", __func__);
if (key->type != &key_type_asymmetric)
return -EINVAL;
subtype = asymmetric_key_subtype(key);
if (!subtype ||
return -EINVAL;
if (!subtype->verify_signature)
return -ENOTSUPP;
ret = subtype->verify_signature(key, sig);
pr_devel("<==%s() = %d\n", __func__, ret);
return ret;
......@@ -101,4 +101,8 @@ struct public_key_signature {
struct key;
extern int verify_signature(const struct key *key,
const struct public_key_signature *sig);
#endif /* _LINUX_PUBLIC_KEY_H */
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