Dynamic trust enhanced security model for trusted platform based services

Aarthi Nagarajan*, Vijay Varadharajan

*Corresponding author for this work

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Binary attestation in trusted computing platforms provide the ability to reason about the state of a system using hash measurements. Property based attestation, an extension of binary attestation enables more meaningful attestation by abstracting low level binary values to high level security properties or functions of systems. In this paper, we propose TESM: A Trust Enhanced Secure Model for trusted computing platforms. We argue that given the nature of both binary and property based attestation mechanisms, an attestation requester cannot be absolutely certain if an attesting platform will behave as it is expected to behave. TESM uses a hybrid trust model based on subjective logic to combine 'hard' trust from measurements and properties and 'soft' trust from past experiences and recommendations to reduce such uncertainties. We believe that such a model will enable better reasoning about the trustworthiness of attesting platforms and thereby facilitate better security decision making.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)564-573
Number of pages10
JournalFuture Generation Computer Systems
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2011


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