Commit 9c687702 authored by Linus Torvalds's avatar Linus Torvalds
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Merge branch 'docs-3.4' of git://git.samba.org/jlayton/linux

Pull security key doc update from Jeff Layton:
 "Ordinarily, I send my patches through others' trees, but David
  suggested I just send this one to you directly since it's just a
  Documentation/ update"

* 'docs-3.4' of git://git.samba.org/jlayton/linux:
  keys: update the documentation with info about "logon" keys
parents 82b76906 a05a4830
......@@ -123,7 +123,7 @@ KEY SERVICE OVERVIEW
The key service provides a number of features besides keys:
(*) The key service defines two special key types:
(*) The key service defines three special key types:
(+) "keyring"
......@@ -137,6 +137,18 @@ The key service provides a number of features besides keys:
blobs of data. These can be created, updated and read by userspace,
and aren't intended for use by kernel services.
(+) "logon"
Like a "user" key, a "logon" key has a payload that is an arbitrary
blob of data. It is intended as a place to store secrets which are
accessible to the kernel but not to userspace programs.
The description can be arbitrary, but must be prefixed with a non-zero
length string that describes the key "subclass". The subclass is
separated from the rest of the description by a ':'. "logon" keys can
be created and updated from userspace, but the payload is only
readable from kernel space.
(*) Each process subscribes to three keyrings: a thread-specific keyring, a
process-specific keyring, and a session-specific keyring.
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