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Benchmarking the True Random Number Generator of TPM Chips

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A TPM (trusted platform module) is a chip present mostly on newer motherboards, and its primary function is to create, store and work with cryptographic keys. This dedicated chip can serve to authenticate other devices or to protect encryption keys used by various software applications. Among other features, it comes with a True Random Number Generator (TRNG) that can be used for cryptographic purposes. This random number generator consists of a state machine that mixes unpredictable data with the output of a one way hash function. According the specification it can be a good source of unpredictable random numbers even without having to require a genuine source of hardware entropy. However the specification recommends collecting entropy from any internal sources available such as clock jitter or thermal noise in the chip itself, a feature that was implemented by most manufacturers. This paper will benchmark the random number generator of several TPM chips from two perspectives: the quality of the random bit sequences generated, as well as the output bit rate.
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... The TPM chip used in this work is Infineon OPTIGATM TPM 2.0 SLB9670 which is encapsulated in Iridium 9670 Evaluation Boards [38] and connected with the Sakura-X board via the SPI port. The high quality of random bit-sequences generated by the TRNG on the TPM chip has been proved by the NIST test in the previous work [39]. A software driver was written to provide the support for the integration. ...
... However, the shifting-based random number generator can only produce pseudo-random numbers. In contrast, we use the built-in TRNG on the TPM to produce true random numbers and the quality has been proved by the NIST test [39]. The use of true random numbers can enhance the strength of key update scheme. ...
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