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coreboot vboot signing


Verified Boot is a method of verifying that the firmware compents haven't been tampered with. It uses cryptographic signatures to determine whether the firmware comes from trusted source. This document covers the procedure for generating vboot keys and configuring the coreboot build system to sign the binaries with the generated keys.


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Generating keys

Make sure that you are in the dasharo-tools repository

Generate the keys with the following command:

./vboot/generate_keys keys

The keys will be created in the directory $PWD/keys, i.e. in the keys subdirectory in your current directory.

Signing image without rebuilding

This is the default procedure that should be followed by users downloading firmware from the Release section, who wishes to use their own keys for vboot.

Make sure that you are in the dasharo-tools repository

Be sure you have generated the keys as in Generate keys section. Assuming you have generated keys to the keys/ directory:

./vboot/resign <released_firmware_file> keys

For example:

./vboot/resign protectli_vault_cml_v1.0.16_resigned.rom keys

The successful output can look like this:

INFO: sign_bios_at_end: BIOS image does not have FW_MAIN_B. Signing only FW_MAIN_A
 - import root_key from /.../keys/root_key.vbpubk: success
 - import recovery_key from /.../keys/recovery_key.vbpubk: success
successfully saved new image to: /.../protectli_vault_cml_v1.0.16_resigned.rom
The /.../protectli_vault_cml_v1.0.16.rom was resigned and saved as: /.../protectli_vault_cml_v1.0.16_resigned.rom

Now the image will be signed with your own keys. Be sure to save the keys in a safe location, because you will need them to sign each firmware update. Otherwise, the firmware updates to RW partitions will not be executed by vboot.

Adding keys to the coreboot config

This procedure is only meant for developers or when you are rebuilding firmware by yourself.

In the root of the coreboot tree, execute the following command:

make nconfig

Navigate to Security -> Verified Boot (vboot) -> Vboot keys and enter the paths to the keys in the appropriate fields.

Exit nconfig by pressing Esc repeatedly and pressing Enter when prompted to save the configuration.

Now, rebuild coreboot with this config to generate images signed with the chosen vboot keys.