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Windows 7: I know what TPM is, but what does it do by itself?


25 May 2011   #1

ultimate x64
 
 
I know what TPM is, but what does it do by itself?

Trusted Platform Module - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

If i have a mobo with onboard TPM, and i activate/initialize it, did anything change on the system? or does the TPM only work in conjunction with other softwares, such as bitlocker?

Once I initiate it, nothing changes on the computer, nothing is secure.

Also, if this is the case, how can I take advantage of the TPM sealing features? I would like to lock the system if anything changes on the hardware or software, ie malacious software installed, or a different video card installed. This is what sealing does, when there is a change in the platform measurements, but how do i do this? through bitlocker? are there any other programs that can work in conjunction with the TPM module?

I have been reading about TPM and how to install it, but everything is so vague so i hope to get some input or real world examples here.

any input is greatly appreciated,

thanks.


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25 May 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

TPM works in conjunction with Bitlocker to provide a level of system security. See: BitLocker Drive Encryption Overview
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25 May 2011   #3

ultimate x64
 
 

Dwarf,

Yes I understand that bitlocker can either be used with a USB password key, or a password that gets generated with the TPM for additional security, but it is not needed for bit locker to work. In this case, TPM is not doing anything except using its 1024 RSA key generation to create a password for Bitlocker. It is doing nothing else in the system except this.

TPM was not created soley for Bitlocker, it does other stuff, that other stuff is what i'm trying to figure out. It can also be used with linux.

I'm just want to find someone that has a thorough understanding of the trusted computing module.
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25 May 2011   #4
Xhi

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit / Ubuntu Linux 11.04
 
 

TPM by itself does nothing. You need some sort of software to use it, like Bitlocker (for windows) and Trousers (for linux). Standalone however, I don't think it does anything.
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25 May 2011   #5

ultimate x64
 
 

ok cool thats what i thought.

I know that they have trueCrypt which is a bitlocker equivelent for linux, but it doesnt utilize the TPM module.

Does anyone know of a linux version of bitlocker that uses the TPM?

i am really most interested in the sealing feature, so that if malicious code is put on your computer, it won't let you look at encrypted part of the files since there was a hardware/software change after you did the encryption.
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25 May 2011   #6
Xhi

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit / Ubuntu Linux 11.04
 
 

It depends, what version of linux you are running though. There's a package for Debian/Ubuntu versions. I'm not sure about the others though. This might prove useful though,
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27 May 2011   #7

Windows 7 pro 64bit. (SP1)
 
 

I Think TPM alone does nothing but with supported software it offers hardware encryption/decryption so you dont need to load it on cpu.
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