Linux Kernel Verification Failed

I found an error in GNOME settings > Privacy > Device Security and found an error in the security incidents, which is Linux Kernel Verification fail.

The date is the first boot after my installation. I am now wondering what has happened.

My device has a NVIDIA card, and the driver is installed via YaST, according to the documentations, and the key is enrolled as expected. The system boots, so I have not found the issue until today.

I am now wondering what may have caused the issue. Do I have to re-install the system or may I do something to fix it?

@szw0407 Hi, AFAIK this is triggered (now?) because the kernel is tainted… I see it here, but not previously.

@szw0407 If you click on the ‘Checks failed’ and select ‘Copy Technical Report’ and then paste that into the text editor, it provides further details. I see;

Linux Kernel Verification:                     ! Fail (Tainted)

Sorry, but I have not found anywhere to show the technical details. May I ask for using some other methods to diagnose it, for example use a CLI or something else? Thanks.

@szw0407 Click the icon;
Screenshot from 2024-02-27 23-02-02

Select “Copy Technical Report” it will save to the clipboard and can paste into an editor.

截图 2024-02-28 22-56-56

The words says that Secure boot is enabled. Secure Boot blocks malware from loading when the device boots. Secure Boot is currently enabled and working correctly.

No extra words or logs or details are provided here, so I cannot find what is wrong.

@szw0407 When you click 'Checks Failed" box, you should see;

Select “Copy Technical Report” and then can paste it into a text editor.

I think the report is this one:

Device Security Report

Report details
  Date generated:                                  2024-02-29 00:34:25
  fwupd version:                                   1.9.13

System details
  Hardware model:                                  ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. Vivobook_ASUSLaptop K6502VU_K6502VU
  Processor:                                       13th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-13900H
  OS:                                              openSUSE Tumbleweed
  Security level:                                  HSI:3! (v1.9.13)

HSI-1 Tests
  UEFI Platform Key:                               Pass (Valid)
  Firmware BIOS Region:                            Pass (Locked)
  UEFI Bootservice Variables:                      Pass (Locked)
  MEI Key Manifest:                                Pass (Valid)
  Intel Management Engine Version:                 Pass (Valid)
  TPM v2.0:                                        Pass (Found)
  Firmware Write Protection Lock:                  Pass (Enabled)
  Platform Debugging:                              Pass (Not Enabled)
  UEFI Secure Boot:                                Pass (Enabled)
  Intel Management Engine Manufacturing Mode:      Pass (Locked)
  BIOS Firmware Updates:                           Pass (Enabled)
  Firmware Write Protection:                       Pass (Not Enabled)
  TPM Platform Configuration:                      Pass (Valid)
  Intel Management Engine Override:                Pass (Locked)

HSI-2 Tests
  Intel BootGuard Fuse:                            Pass (Valid)
  Intel BootGuard Verified Boot:                   Pass (Valid)
  Intel BootGuard ACM Protected:                   Pass (Valid)
  Intel BootGuard:                                 Pass (Enabled)
  TPM Reconstruction:                              Pass (Valid)
  IOMMU Protection:                                Pass (Enabled)
  Platform Debugging:                              Pass (Locked)

HSI-3 Tests
  Suspend To RAM:                                  Pass (Not Enabled)
  Intel BootGuard Error Policy:                    Pass (Valid)
  Pre-boot DMA Protection:                         Pass (Enabled)
  Control-flow Enforcement Technology:             Pass (Supported)
  Suspend To Idle:                                 Pass (Enabled)

HSI-4 Tests
  加密内存:                                          ! Fail (Not Enabled)
  Supervisor Mode Access Prevention:               Pass (Enabled)

Runtime Tests
  Linux Kernel Verification:                     ! Fail (Tainted)
  Firmware Updater Verification:                   Pass (Not Tainted)
  Linux Swap:                                      Pass (Not Enabled)
  Control-flow Enforcement Technology:           ! Fail (Not Supported)
  Linux Kernel Lockdown:                           Pass (Enabled)

Host security events
  2024-02-14 00:34:54   Linux Kernel Verification  ! Fail (Not Tainted → Tainted)
  2024-02-13 23:55:09   TPM v2.0                     Pass (Not Found → Found)

For information on the contents of this report, see

copied from here:

And I cannot find any reports provided elsewhere. Thanks for your reply.

I’ve temporarily used C.UTF-8 as the LANG in the shell to make the display language English, but there is still information in another language.

From I found:

  • tainted: the kernel is untrusted, perhaps because a proprietary module was loaded (failure)

Is it because of the NVIDIA driver, which is non-oss?

After running sudo cat /proc/sys/kernel/tainted, the output is 4097. I have now known that this is quite likely because of the NVIDIA driver.

@szw0407 You assumption is correct, or any other drivers that need non standard firmware…

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