Formal analysis of a TPM-based secrets distribution and storage scheme

Ronald Toegl, Georg Hofferek, Karin Greimel, Adrian Leung, Raphael C.W. Phan, Roderick Bloem

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Trusted Computing introduces the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) as a root of trust on an otherwise untrusted computer. The TPM can be used to restrict the use of cryptographic keys to trusted states, i.e., to situations in which the computer runs trusted software. This allows for the distribution of intellectual property or secrets to a remote party with a reasonable security that such secrets will not be obtained by a malicious or compromised client. We model a specific protocol for the distribution of secrets proposed by Seving et al. A formal analysis using the NuSMV model checker shows that the protocol allows an intruder to give the client an arbitrary secret, without the client noticing. We propose an alternative that prevents this scenario.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference for Young Computer Scientists, ICYCS 2008
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventInternational Conference for Young Computer Scientists 2008 - Zhang Jia Jie, Hunan, China
Duration: 18 Nov 200821 Nov 2008
Conference number: 9th (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Conference for Young Computer Scientists 2008
Abbreviated titleICYCS 2008
CityZhang Jia Jie, Hunan
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  • Model checking
  • Protocol analysis
  • Trusted computing

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