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SubjectRe: [PATCH] tpm: add support for partial reads
On Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 08:52:32AM -0700, Tadeusz Struk wrote:
> Currently to read a response from the TPM device an application needs
> provide "big enough" buffer for the whole response and read it in one go.
> The application doesn't know how big the response it beforehand so it
> always needs to maintain a 4K buffer and read the max (4K).
> In case if the user of the TSS library doesn't provide big enough buffer
> the TCTI spec says that the library should set the required size and return
> TSS2_TCTI_RC_INSUFFICIENT_BUFFER error code so that the application could
> allocate a bigger buffer and call receive again.
> To make it possible in the TSS library this requires being able to do
> partial reads from the driver.
> The library would read the header first to get the actual size of the
> response from the header and then read the rest of the response.
> This patch adds support for partial reads.
>
> The usecase is implemented in this TSS commit:
> https://github.com/tpm2-software/tpm2-tss/commit/ce982f67a67dc08e24683d30b05800648d8a264c
>
> Signed-off-by: Tadeusz Struk <tadeusz.struk@intel.com>

For non-blocking operation I see the benefit because it does not break
the ABI and it really simplifies threading in the user space.

In this case I do not have any major evidence of any major benefit *and*
the change breaks the ABI.

Linux does not *have* to implement in kernel level every tidbit of the
TCG spec but it *can* provide support in places where it makes sense
and things do not break.

/Jarkko

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