Re: [PATCH 0/3] tpm: retrieve digest size of unknown algorithms from TPM

From: Jarkko Sakkinen
Date: Wed Oct 04 2017 - 03:33:08 EST


And apologies for late review.

On Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 01:19:47PM +0200, Roberto Sassu wrote:
> This patch set derives from a larger patch set which modifies the TPM
> driver API in order to extend a PCR with multiple digests. It can be
> retrieved at the URL:

A patch set should be able to live on its own. Please remove this link.

I don't care about that patch set at this point and I'm not going to
give any distant promises.

> The TPM driver currently relies on the crypto subsystem to determine the
> digest size of supported TPM algorithms. In the future, TPM vendors might
> implement new algorithms in their chips, and those algorithms might not
> be supported by the crypto subsystem.
> Usually, vendors provide patches for the new hardware, and likely
> the crypto subsystem will be updated before the new algorithm is
> introduced. However, old kernels might be updated later, after patches
> are included in the mainline kernel. This would leave the opportunity
> for attackers to misuse PCRs, as PCR banks with an unknown algorithm
> are not extended.
> This patch set provides a long term solution for this issue. If a TPM
> algorithm is not known by the crypto subsystem, the TPM driver retrieves
> the digest size from the TPM with a PCR read. All the PCR banks are
> extended, even if the algorithm is not yet supported by the crypto
> subsystem.

This part makes sense to me.