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From: Jarkko Sakkinen <>
	Jarkko Sakkinen <>,
	Jonathan Corbet <>, Sasha Levin <>
Subject: [PATCH v2] tpm: Document UEFI event log quirks
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2019 15:43:45 +0300
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There are some weird quirks when it comes to UEFI event log. Provide a
brief introduction to TPM event log mechanism and describe the quirks
and how they can be sorted out.

Signed-off-by: Jarkko Sakkinen <>
v2: Fixed one type, adjusted the last paragraph and added the file
    to index.rst
 Documentation/security/tpm/index.rst         |  1 +
 Documentation/security/tpm/tpm_event_log.rst | 56 ++++++++++++++++++++
 2 files changed, 57 insertions(+)
 create mode 100644 Documentation/security/tpm/tpm_event_log.rst

diff --git a/Documentation/security/tpm/index.rst b/Documentation/security/tpm/index.rst
index 15783668644f..9e0815cb1e7f 100644
--- a/Documentation/security/tpm/index.rst
+++ b/Documentation/security/tpm/index.rst
@@ -4,5 +4,6 @@ Trusted Platform Module documentation
 .. toctree::
+   tpm_event_log
diff --git a/Documentation/security/tpm/tpm_event_log.rst b/Documentation/security/tpm/tpm_event_log.rst
new file mode 100644
index 000000000000..b8c39a1a3f33
--- /dev/null
+++ b/Documentation/security/tpm/tpm_event_log.rst
@@ -0,0 +1,56 @@
+.. SPDX-License-Identifier: GPL-2.0
+TPM Event Log
+| Authors:
+| Stefan Berger <>
+This document briefly describes what TPM log is and how it is handed
+over from the preboot firmware to the operating system.
+The preboot firmware maintains an event log that gets new entries every
+time something gets hashed by it to any of the PCR registers. The events
+are segregated by their type and contain the value of the hashed PCR
+register. Typically, the preboot firmware will hash the components to
+who execution is to be handed over or actions relevant to the boot
+The main application for this is remote attestation and the reason why
+it is useful is nicely put in the very first section of [1]:
+"Attestation is used to provide information about the platform’s state
+to a challenger. However, PCR contents are difficult to interpret;
+therefore, attestation is typically more useful when the PCR contents
+are accompanied by a measurement log. While not trusted on their own,
+the measurement log contains a richer set of information than do the PCR
+contents. The PCR contents are used to provide the validation of the
+measurement log."
+UEFI event log
+UEFI provided event log has a few somewhat weird quirks.
+Before calling ExitBootServices() Linux EFI stub copies the event log to
+a custom configuration table defined by the stub itself. Unfortanely,
+the events generated by ExitBootServices() don't end up in the table.
+The firmware provides so called final events configuration table to sort
+out this issue. Events gets mirrored to this table after the first time
+EFI_TCG2_PROTOCOL.GetEventLog() gets called.
+This introduces another problem: nothing guarantees that it is not called
+before the Linux EFI stub gets to run. Thus, it needs to calculate and save the
+final events table size while the stub is still running to the custom
+configuration table so that the TPM driver can later on skip these events when
+concatenating two halves of the event log from the custom configuration table
+and the final events table.
+[2] The final concatenation is done in drivers/char/tpm/eventlog/efi.c

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