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SubjectRe: tpm_tis TPM2.0 not detected on cold boot
Hi Mimi,

On Sat, 2018-12-22 at 17:53 -0500, Mimi Zohar wrote:
> On Sat, 2018-12-22 at 14:47 +0100, Michael Niewöhner wrote:
> > When I remove the timeout and boot directly to the linux kernel, I get that
> > "2314 TPM-self test error" since it has not finished, yet. The TPM is
> > detected
> > by IMA and works fine then.
> >
> > Some more tests showed that any delay before booting the kernel causes the
> > TPM
> > to not get detected. I tested, 10, 15, 20, 30, 60... seconds. Only in some
> > very
> > rare cases the TPM got detected.
> >
> > I wanted to know if the TPM is in an well initialized state at the time of
> > that
> > error. Since I was not able to get some test/debug kernel patches working I
> > decided to try kexec. It turned out that the TPM is indeed correctly working
> > and
> > will be detected just fine by linux after kexec!
> No surprise here. kexec would be the equivalent of a soft reboot.

Well, I am not that deep in kexec internals but isn't a soft reboot much more
than a kexec? I thought kexec would "just" load the new kernel to memory and
executes it while a soft reboot goes at least through some UEFI initialization.
For example, my pwm fans - in fact the EC - get resetted on a soft reboot, while
a kexec does not touch them.

That is why I wanted to test if there is a different behaviour on kexec compared
to a "real" soft reboot. If there was such difference I would have assumed a
UEFI bug that does not initialize the TPM correctly.
Kexec AFAIK does not invoke any UEFI initialization, so the TPM should be in the
same state as before kexec and since there is no difference between sr and kexec
I have the feeling there is something wrong in the kernel.

Correct me if I am wrong here, please.

My current workaround is to do a machine_emergency_reboot() when TPM isn't
detected correctly. That is a pretty hard workaround but it seems to work for

> >
> > Is there anyone having an idea what could be wrong here? I am willing to
> > debug
> > this but I have really no idea where to start :-(
> A while ago, I was "playing" with a pi. Commenting out
> tpm2_do_selftest() seemed to resolve a similar problem, but that was
> before James' patches. I don't know if that would make a difference
> now.

Hm, I will try that..

> Mimi

There is another issue but I don't know if both are related. Maybe that's just a
timing issue...

root@debian:~# dd if=/dev/hwrng bs=1 count=1
dd: error reading '/dev/hwrng': Operation not permitted
0+0 records in
0+0 records out
0 bytes copied, 0.755958 s, 0.0 kB/s
root@debian:~# dd if=/dev/hwrng bs=1 count=1 | xxd; dd if=/dev/hwrng bs=1
count=1 | xxd
dd: error reading '/dev/hwrng': Operation not permitted
0+0 records in
0+0 records out
0 bytes copied, 0.755697 s, 0.0 kB/s
1+0 records in
1+0 records out
00000000: 52 R
1 byte copied, 0.0106268 s, 0.1 kB/s


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