Security

TOCTOU, Traps, and Trusted Computing

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Executive Summary

The security of the standard TCG architecture depends on whether the values in the PCRs match the actual platform configuration. However, this design admits potential for time-of-check time-of-use vulnerabilities: A PCR reflects the state of code and data when it was measured, not when the TPM uses a credential or signs an attestation based on that measurement. The authors demonstrate how an attacker with sufficient privileges can compromise the integrity of a TPM-protected system by modifying critical loaded code and static data after measurement has taken place.

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