A Practical Approach for Establishing Trust Relationships between Remote Platforms Using Trusted Computing

  • Kurt Dietrich
  • Martin Pirker
  • Tobias Vejda
  • Ronald Toegl
  • Thomas Winkler
  • Peter Lipp
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4912)


Over the past years, many different approaches and concepts in order to increase computer security have been presented. One of the most promising of these concepts is Trusted Computing which offers various services and functionalities like reporting and verifying the integrity and the configuration of a platform (attestation). The idea of reporting a platform’s state and configuration to a challenger opens new and innovative ways of establishing trust relationships between entities. However, common applications are not aware of Trusted Computing facilities and are therefore not able to utilise Trusted Computing services at the moment. Hence, this article proposes an architecture that enables arbitrary applications to perform remote platform attestation, allowing them to establish trust based on their current configuration. The architecture’s components discussed in this article are also essential parts of the OpenTC proof-of-concept prototype. It demonstrates applications and techniques of the Trusted Computing Group’s proposed attestation mechanism in the area of personal electronic transactions.


Trusted Platform Module Java Virtual Machine Trust Computing Secure Socket Layer Trust Computing Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kurt Dietrich
    • 1
  • Martin Pirker
    • 1
  • Tobias Vejda
    • 1
  • Ronald Toegl
    • 1
  • Thomas Winkler
    • 1
  • Peter Lipp
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Applied Information Processing and Communications (IAIK)Graz University of TechnologyGrazAustria

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