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1 Intel(R) TXT Overview: 2 ===================== 3 4 Intel's technology for safer computing, Intel(R) Trusted Execution 5 Technology (Intel(R) TXT), defines platform-level enhancements that 6 provide the building blocks for creating trusted platforms. 7 8 Intel TXT was formerly known by the code name LaGrande Technology (LT). 9 10 Intel TXT in Brief: 11 o Provides dynamic root of trust for measurement (DRTM) 12 o Data protection in case of improper shutdown 13 o Measurement and verification of launched environment 14 15 Intel TXT is part of the vPro(TM) brand and is also available some 16 non-vPro systems. It is currently available on desktop systems 17 based on the Q35, X38, Q45, and Q43 Express chipsets (e.g. Dell 18 Optiplex 755, HP dc7800, etc.) and mobile systems based on the GM45, 19 PM45, and GS45 Express chipsets. 20 21 For more information, see http://www.intel.com/technology/security/. 22 This site also has a link to the Intel TXT MLE Developers Manual, 23 which has been updated for the new released platforms. 24 25 Intel TXT has been presented at various events over the past few 26 years, some of which are: 27 LinuxTAG 2008: 28 http://www.linuxtag.org/2008/en/conf/events/vp-donnerstag.html 29 TRUST2008: 30 http://www.trust-conference.eu/downloads/Keynote-Speakers/ 31 3_David-Grawrock_The-Front-Door-of-Trusted-Computing.pdf 32 IDF, Shanghai: 33 http://www.prcidf.com.cn/index_en.html 34 IDFs 2006, 2007 (I'm not sure if/where they are online) 35 36 Trusted Boot Project Overview: 37 ============================= 38 39 Trusted Boot (tboot) is an open source, pre-kernel/VMM module that 40 uses Intel TXT to perform a measured and verified launch of an OS 41 kernel/VMM. 42 43 It is hosted on SourceForge at http://sourceforge.net/projects/tboot. 44 The mercurial source repo is available at http://www.bughost.org/ 45 repos.hg/tboot.hg. 46 47 Tboot currently supports launching Xen (open source VMM/hypervisor 48 w/ TXT support since v3.2), and now Linux kernels. 49 50 51 Value Proposition for Linux or "Why should you care?" 52 ===================================================== 53 54 While there are many products and technologies that attempt to 55 measure or protect the integrity of a running kernel, they all 56 assume the kernel is "good" to begin with. The Integrity 57 Measurement Architecture (IMA) and Linux Integrity Module interface 58 are examples of such solutions. 59 60 To get trust in the initial kernel without using Intel TXT, a 61 static root of trust must be used. This bases trust in BIOS 62 starting at system reset and requires measurement of all code 63 executed between system reset through the completion of the kernel 64 boot as well as data objects used by that code. In the case of a 65 Linux kernel, this means all of BIOS, any option ROMs, the 66 bootloader and the boot config. In practice, this is a lot of 67 code/data, much of which is subject to change from boot to boot 68 (e.g. changing NICs may change option ROMs). Without reference 69 hashes, these measurement changes are difficult to assess or 70 confirm as benign. This process also does not provide DMA 71 protection, memory configuration/alias checks and locks, crash 72 protection, or policy support. 73 74 By using the hardware-based root of trust that Intel TXT provides, 75 many of these issues can be mitigated. Specifically: many 76 pre-launch components can be removed from the trust chain, DMA 77 protection is provided to all launched components, a large number 78 of platform configuration checks are performed and values locked, 79 protection is provided for any data in the event of an improper 80 shutdown, and there is support for policy-based execution/verification. 81 This provides a more stable measurement and a higher assurance of 82 system configuration and initial state than would be otherwise 83 possible. Since the tboot project is open source, source code for 84 almost all parts of the trust chain is available (excepting SMM and 85 Intel-provided firmware). 86 87 How Does it Work? 88 ================= 89 90 o Tboot is an executable that is launched by the bootloader as 91 the "kernel" (the binary the bootloader executes). 92 o It performs all of the work necessary to determine if the 93 platform supports Intel TXT and, if so, executes the GETSEC[SENTER] 94 processor instruction that initiates the dynamic root of trust. 95 - If tboot determines that the system does not support Intel TXT 96 or is not configured correctly (e.g. the SINIT AC Module was 97 incorrect), it will directly launch the kernel with no changes 98 to any state. 99 - Tboot will output various information about its progress to the 100 terminal, serial port, and/or an in-memory log; the output 101 locations can be configured with a command line switch. 102 o The GETSEC[SENTER] instruction will return control to tboot and 103 tboot then verifies certain aspects of the environment (e.g. TPM NV 104 lock, e820 table does not have invalid entries, etc.). 105 o It will wake the APs from the special sleep state the GETSEC[SENTER] 106 instruction had put them in and place them into a wait-for-SIPI 107 state. 108 - Because the processors will not respond to an INIT or SIPI when 109 in the TXT environment, it is necessary to create a small VT-x 110 guest for the APs. When they run in this guest, they will 111 simply wait for the INIT-SIPI-SIPI sequence, which will cause 112 VMEXITs, and then disable VT and jump to the SIPI vector. This 113 approach seemed like a better choice than having to insert 114 special code into the kernel's MP wakeup sequence. 115 o Tboot then applies an (optional) user-defined launch policy to 116 verify the kernel and initrd. 117 - This policy is rooted in TPM NV and is described in the tboot 118 project. The tboot project also contains code for tools to 119 create and provision the policy. 120 - Policies are completely under user control and if not present 121 then any kernel will be launched. 122 - Policy action is flexible and can include halting on failures 123 or simply logging them and continuing. 124 o Tboot adjusts the e820 table provided by the bootloader to reserve 125 its own location in memory as well as to reserve certain other 126 TXT-related regions. 127 o As part of its launch, tboot DMA protects all of RAM (using the 128 VT-d PMRs). Thus, the kernel must be booted with 'intel_iommu=on' 129 in order to remove this blanket protection and use VT-d's 130 page-level protection. 131 o Tboot will populate a shared page with some data about itself and 132 pass this to the Linux kernel as it transfers control. 133 - The location of the shared page is passed via the boot_params 134 struct as a physical address. 135 o The kernel will look for the tboot shared page address and, if it 136 exists, map it. 137 o As one of the checks/protections provided by TXT, it makes a copy 138 of the VT-d DMARs in a DMA-protected region of memory and verifies 139 them for correctness. The VT-d code will detect if the kernel was 140 launched with tboot and use this copy instead of the one in the 141 ACPI table. 142 o At this point, tboot and TXT are out of the picture until a 143 shutdown (S<n>) 144 o In order to put a system into any of the sleep states after a TXT 145 launch, TXT must first be exited. This is to prevent attacks that 146 attempt to crash the system to gain control on reboot and steal 147 data left in memory. 148 - The kernel will perform all of its sleep preparation and 149 populate the shared page with the ACPI data needed to put the 150 platform in the desired sleep state. 151 - Then the kernel jumps into tboot via the vector specified in the 152 shared page. 153 - Tboot will clean up the environment and disable TXT, then use the 154 kernel-provided ACPI information to actually place the platform 155 into the desired sleep state. 156 - In the case of S3, tboot will also register itself as the resume 157 vector. This is necessary because it must re-establish the 158 measured environment upon resume. Once the TXT environment 159 has been restored, it will restore the TPM PCRs and then 160 transfer control back to the kernel's S3 resume vector. 161 In order to preserve system integrity across S3, the kernel 162 provides tboot with a set of memory ranges (RAM and RESERVED_KERN 163 in the e820 table, but not any memory that BIOS might alter over 164 the S3 transition) that tboot will calculate a MAC (message 165 authentication code) over and then seal with the TPM. On resume 166 and once the measured environment has been re-established, tboot 167 will re-calculate the MAC and verify it against the sealed value. 168 Tboot's policy determines what happens if the verification fails. 169 Note that the c/s 194 of tboot which has the new MAC code supports 170 this. 171 172 That's pretty much it for TXT support. 173 174 175 Configuring the System: 176 ====================== 177 178 This code works with 32bit, 32bit PAE, and 64bit (x86_64) kernels. 179 180 In BIOS, the user must enable: TPM, TXT, VT-x, VT-d. Not all BIOSes 181 allow these to be individually enabled/disabled and the screens in 182 which to find them are BIOS-specific. 183 184 grub.conf needs to be modified as follows: 185 title Linux 2.6.29-tip w/ tboot 186 root (hd0,0) 187 kernel /tboot.gz logging=serial,vga,memory 188 module /vmlinuz-2.6.29-tip intel_iommu=on ro 189 root=LABEL=/ rhgb console=ttyS0,115200 3 190 module /initrd-2.6.29-tip.img 191 module /Q35_SINIT_17.BIN 192 193 The kernel option for enabling Intel TXT support is found under the 194 Security top-level menu and is called "Enable Intel(R) Trusted 195 Execution Technology (TXT)". It is considered EXPERIMENTAL and 196 depends on the generic x86 support (to allow maximum flexibility in 197 kernel build options), since the tboot code will detect whether the 198 platform actually supports Intel TXT and thus whether any of the 199 kernel code is executed. 200 201 The Q35_SINIT_17.BIN file is what Intel TXT refers to as an 202 Authenticated Code Module. It is specific to the chipset in the 203 system and can also be found on the Trusted Boot site. It is an 204 (unencrypted) module signed by Intel that is used as part of the 205 DRTM process to verify and configure the system. It is signed 206 because it operates at a higher privilege level in the system than 207 any other macrocode and its correct operation is critical to the 208 establishment of the DRTM. The process for determining the correct 209 SINIT ACM for a system is documented in the SINIT-guide.txt file 210 that is on the tboot SourceForge site under the SINIT ACM downloads.