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UEFI Secure Boot DKMS Module Utilities

This provides an instruction and utilities for signing DKMS kernel modules for UEFI secure boot. This instruction is mainly for Fedora and RHEL, modify this to suit your environment.

So far, following modules are provided:


0. Register Your Signing Key Pairs

This section is derived from Signing Kernel Modules for Secure Boot

Steps in this section only need to be run once. Skip this part if your signing keys are enrolled in the system.

0.1 Clone or Download This Repository

git clone
cd dkms-modules

0.2 Generating a Public and Private X.509 Key Pair

Firstly edit openssl.cnf and change the CHANGEME.

Then run:

openssl req -x509 -new -nodes -utf8 -sha256 -days 36500 -batch \ 
-config openssl.cnf -outform DER \
-out MOK.der -keyout MOK.priv

Move the keys to a secure directory. Assume it to be /root.

0.3 Enrolling Public Key on Target Machine

A Machine owner key (MOK) is a machine-owner-generated key to sign EFI binaries, such as kernel modules. Previous section we have MOK.der the public key and MOK.priv the private key.

  1. Enroll the MOK.der for to UEFI with:
    sudo mokutil --import /root/MOK.der
    Remember the password, you need it in step 3.
  2. Reboot
  3. Pending MOK key enrollment invokes MokManager in UEFI console. You will need to enter password from step 1 to finish enrolling.

0.4 Edit $HOME/.config/dkms-sign.conf

The command dkms is most likely to be run as root, so assuming $HOME is /root:

Edit /root/.config/dkms-sign.conf with content like:


1. Prepare the Module Source

This section is only required when install the first time or module new version. We use the evdi module as example.

1.1 Install the module source

Download and extract the source to /usr/src For example, evdi-1.6.0 should be extracted as /usr/src/evdi-1.6.0

1.2 Provide dkms.conf

dkms.conf specify how to build dkms module. Use the evdi-dkms.conf as template and save to the module source directory as dkms.conf

For example, for evdi-1.6.0, the modified dkms.conf should be saved as /usr/src/evdi-1.6.0/dkms.conf

1.3 Provide is a bash script to help signing modules. This file should be copied to the module source directory as need to be executable. Ensure it by:

chmod 755

2. Sign And Install Kernel Module

dkms command should be working by now.

For example, to build,sign and install evdi-1.6.0 for current kernel:

sudo dkms install evdi/1.6.0 -k $(uname -r)

And to remove evdi/1.6.0 for current kernel:

sudo dkms remove evdi/1.6.0 -k $(uname -r)


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