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SubjectRe: [PATCH v8 08/17] tpm: call tpm2_flush_space() on error in tpm_try_transmit()
On Sun, Nov 18, 2018 at 09:36:18AM +0200, Jarkko Sakkinen wrote:
>On Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 11:19:57AM -0500, Sasha Levin wrote:
>> On Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 02:38:32PM +0200, Jarkko Sakkinen wrote:
>> > Always call tpm2_flush_space() on failure in tpm_try_transmit() so that
>> > the volatile memory of the TPM gets cleared. If /dev/tpm0 does not have
>> > sufficient permissions (usually it has), this could lead to the leakage
>> > of TPM objects. Through /dev/tpmrm0 this issue does not raise any new
>> > security concerns.
>> >
>> > Cc: James Bottomley <>
>> > Cc:
>> > Fixes: 745b361e989a ("tpm:tpm: infrastructure for TPM spaces")
>> > Signed-off-by: Jarkko Sakkinen <>
>> > Reviewed-by: Stefan Berger <>
>> Hi Jarkko,
>> This patch seems to depend on previous patches in this series, but those
>> were not tagged for stable. Do they also need to be backported? If so,
>> can you tag them as such?
>Is that the preferred approach?
>I've usually followed this workflow:
>1. Mark patches with a fix to a regression with the fixes tag.
>2. If a merge conflict raises, I'll locate the deps.
>I've done it this way because often patches can depend on patches
>outside the patch set. Anyway, I'm open to change my workflow if
>that is required.

Hi Jarkko,

There's no "preferred" approach really. I try to warn about cases like
this early because the response rates to Greg's "FAILED" email seem to
be low - by the time they are sent out people are done with that code
and have moved on.

In this scenario, for exmaple, this patch would not apply to any stable
tree because it depends on a previous patch in this series that was not
tagged for stable. My hopes are that if I warn you about this early you
can work around this (for example, by marking that prior patch for
stable as well) so you won't need to deal with this patch again in a few

There's no need to change anything about your flow if it works for you.


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