Re: [tpmdd-devel] [PATCH] TPM: Let the tpm char device be openable multiple times

From: Jason Gunthorpe
Date: Tue Nov 03 2009 - 23:27:26 EST

On Tue, Nov 03, 2009 at 10:24:29PM -0500, Valdis.Kletnieks@xxxxxx wrote:

> A number of other things under drivers/ implement "only one open" semantics,
> but those are hard-coded into the driver. But for the TPM, it's unclear if
> exclusive or non-exclusive is the right model.

The underlying hardware already supports multiplexing multiple clients
in the same command stream - I'm not sure why this shouldn't be
exported to user space as-is. The kernel already accesses the TPM
without going through the middleware for in kernel features..

> Maybe the right answer is to default to multiple opens, but have an
> ioctl() that turns on exclusive mode. If you have a 'tcsd' daemon,
> it will need to get launched early enough to do the open/ioctl

Why is this an issue? /dev/tpm is root only accessible. There are a lot
of things that can go horribly wrong if root does improper things, and
you can create quite reasonable multi-process tpm using applications
without the middleware.

Even if another root process does open /dev/tpm - what is the worst it
can do?

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