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Trusted Execution Environment Provisioning (TEEP) Architecture

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TEEP                                                              M. Pei
Internet-Draft                                                  Broadcom
Intended status: Informational                             H. Tschofenig
Expires: 27 April 2023                                       Arm Limited
                                                               D. Thaler
                                                              D. Wheeler
                                                         24 October 2022

     Trusted Execution Environment Provisioning (TEEP) Architecture


   A Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) is an environment that enforces
   that any code within that environment cannot be tampered with, and
   that any data used by such code cannot be read or tampered with by
   any code outside that environment.  This architecture document
   motivates the design and standardization of a protocol for managing
   the lifecycle of trusted applications running inside such a TEE.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   3.  Use Cases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     3.1.  Payment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     3.2.  Authentication  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     3.3.  Internet of Things  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     3.4.  Confidential Cloud Computing  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   4.  Architecture  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     4.1.  System Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     4.2.  Multiple TEEs in a Device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     4.3.  Multiple TAMs and Relationship to TAs . . . . . . . . . .  14
     4.4.  Untrusted Apps, Trusted Apps, and Personalization Data  .  16
       4.4.1.  Example: Application Delivery Mechanisms in Intel
               SGX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
       4.4.2.  Example: Application Delivery Mechanisms in Arm
               TrustZone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
     4.5.  Entity Relations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
   5.  Keys and Certificate Types  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20
     5.1.  Trust Anchors in a TEEP Agent . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  22
     5.2.  Trust Anchors in a TEE  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  22
     5.3.  Trust Anchors in a TAM  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  22
     5.4.  Scalability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  23
     5.5.  Message Security  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  23
   6.  TEEP Broker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  23
     6.1.  Role of the TEEP Broker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  24
     6.2.  TEEP Broker Implementation Consideration  . . . . . . . .  24
       6.2.1.  TEEP Broker APIs  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  25
       6.2.2.  TEEP Broker Distribution  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  26
   7.  Attestation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  26
   8.  Algorithm and Attestation Agility . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
   9.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
     9.1.  Broker Trust Model  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
     9.2.  Data Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  30
     9.3.  Compromised REE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  31
     9.4.  CA Compromise or Expiry of CA Certificate . . . . . . . .  32
     9.5.  Compromised TAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  32
     9.6.  Malicious TA Removal  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  33
     9.7.  TEE Certificate Expiry and Renewal  . . . . . . . . . . .  34
     9.8.  Keeping Secrets from the TAM  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  34
     9.9.  REE Privacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  35

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   10. IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  35
   11. Contributors  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  35
   12. Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  35
   13. Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  35
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  38

1.  Introduction

   Applications executing in a device are exposed to many different
   attacks intended to compromise the execution of the application or
   reveal the data upon which those applications are operating.  These
   attacks increase with the number of other applications on the device,
   with such other applications coming from potentially untrustworthy
   sources.  The potential for attacks further increases with the
   complexity of features and applications on devices, and the
   unintended interactions among those features and applications.  The
   risk of attacks on a system increases as the sensitivity of the
   applications or data on the device increases.  As an example,
   exposure of emails from a mail client is likely to be of concern to
   its owner, but a compromise of a banking application raises even
   greater concerns.

   The Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) concept is designed to let
   applications execute in a protected environment that enforces that
   any code within that environment cannot be tampered with, and that
   any data used by such code cannot be read or tampered with by any
   code outside that environment, including by a commodity operating
   system (if present).  In a system with multiple TEEs, this also means
   that code in one TEE cannot be read or tampered with by code in
   another TEE.

   This separation reduces the possibility of a successful attack on
   application components and the data contained inside the TEE.
   Typically, application components are chosen to execute inside a TEE
   because those application components perform security sensitive
   operations or operate on sensitive data.  An application component
   running inside a TEE is commonly referred to (e.g., in [GPTEE],
   [OP-TEE], etc.) as a Trusted Application (TA), while an application
   running outside any TEE, i.e., in the Rich Execution Environment
   (REE), is referred to as an Untrusted Application (UA).  In the
   example of a banking application, code that relates to the
   authentication protocol could reside in a TA while the application
   logic including HTTP protocol parsing could be contained in the
   Untrusted Application.  In addition, processing of credit card
   numbers or account balances could be done in a TA as it is sensitive
   data.  The precise code split is ultimately a decision of the
   developer based on the assets the person wants to protect according
   to the threat model.

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   TEEs are typically used in cases where software or data assets need
   to be protected from unauthorized access where threat actors may have
   physical or administrative access to a device.  This situation arises
   for example in gaming consoles where anti-cheat protection is a
   concern, devices such as ATMs or IoT devices placed in locations
   where attackers might have physical access, cell phones or other
   devices used for mobile payments, and hosted cloud environments.
   Such environments can be thought of as hybrid devices where one user
   or administrator controls the REE and a different (remote) user or
   administrator controls a TEE in the same physical device.
   It may also be the case in some constrained devices that there is no
   REE (only a TEE) and there may be no local "user" per se, only a
   remote TEE administrator.  For further discussion of such
   confidential computing use cases and threat model, see [CC-Overview]
   and [CC-Technical-Analysis].

   TEEs use hardware enforcement combined with software protection to
   secure TAs and their data.  TEEs typically offer a more limited set
   of services to TAs than is normally available to Untrusted

   Not all TEEs are the same, however, and different vendors may have
   different implementations of TEEs with different security properties,
   different features, and different control mechanisms to operate on
   TAs.  Some vendors may themselves market multiple different TEEs with
   different properties attuned to different markets.  A device vendor
   may integrate one or more TEEs into their devices depending on market

   To simplify the life of TA developers interacting with TAs in a TEE,
   an interoperable protocol for managing TAs running in different TEEs
   of various devices is needed.  This software update protocol needs to
   make sure that compatible trusted and untrusted components (if any)
   of an application are installed on the correct device.  In this TEE
   ecosystem, there often arises a need for an external trusted party to
   verify the identity, claims, and permissions of TA developers,
   devices, and their TEEs.  This external trusted party is the Trusted
   Application Manager (TAM).

   The Trusted Execution Environment Provisioning (TEEP) protocol
   addresses the following problems:

   *  An installer of an Untrusted Application that depends on a given
      TA wants to request installation of that TA in the device's TEE so
      that the installation of Untrusted Application can complete, but
      the TEE needs to verify whether such a TA is actually authorized
      to run in the TEE and consume potentially scarce TEE resources.

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   *  A TA developer providing a TA whose code itself is considered
      confidential wants to determine security-relevant information of a
      device before allowing their TA to be provisioned to the TEE
      within the device.  An example is the verification of the type of
      TEE included in a device and that it is capable of providing the
      security protections required.

   *  A TEE in a device needs to determine whether an entity that wants
      to manage a TA in the device is authorized to manage TAs in the
      TEE, and what TAs the entity is permitted to manage.

   *  A Device Administrator wants to determine if a TA exists (is
      installed) on a device (in the TEE), and if not, install the TA in
      the TEE.

   *  A Device Administrator wants to check whether a TA in a device's
      TEE is the most up-to-date version, and if not, update the TA in
      the TEE.

   *  A Device Administrator wants to remove a TA from a device's TEE if
      the TA developer is no longer maintaining that TA, when the TA has
      been revoked, or is not used for other reasons anymore (e.g., due
      to an expired subscription).

   For TEEs that simply verify and load signed TA's from an untrusted
   filesystem, classic application distribution protocols can be used
   without modification.  The problems in the bullets above, on the
   other hand, require a new protocol, i.e., the TEEP protocol.  The
   TEEP protocol is a solution for TEEs that can install and enumerate
   TAs in a TEE-secured location where another domain-specific protocol
   standard (e.g., [GSMA], [OTRP]) that meets the needs is not already
   in use.

2.  Terminology

   The following terms are used:

   *  App Store: An online location from which Untrusted Applications
      can be downloaded.

   *  Device: A physical piece of hardware that hosts one or more TEEs,
      often along with an REE.

   *  Device Administrator: An entity that is responsible for
      administration of a device, which could be the Device Owner.  A
      Device Administrator has privileges on the device to install and
      remove Untrusted Applications and TAs, approve or reject Trust
      Anchors, and approve or reject TA developers, among possibly other

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      privileges on the device.  A Device Administrator can manage the
      list of allowed TAMs by modifying the list of Trust Anchors on the
      device.  Although a Device Administrator may have privileges and
      device-specific controls to locally administer a device, the
      Device Administrator may choose to remotely administer a device
      through a TAM.

   *  Device Owner: A device is always owned by someone.  In some cases,
      it is common for the (primary) device user to also own the device,
      making the device user/owner also the Device Administrator.  In
      enterprise environments it is more common for the enterprise to
      own the device, and for any device user to have no or limited
      administration rights.  In this case, the enterprise appoints a
      Device Administrator that is not the device owner.

   *  Device User: A human being that uses a device.  Many devices have
      a single device user.  Some devices have a primary device user
      with other human beings as secondary device users (e.g., a parent
      allowing children to use their tablet or laptop).  Other devices
      are not used by a human being and hence have no device user.

   *  Personalization Data: A set of configuration data that is specific
      to the device or user.  The Personalization Data may depend on the
      type of TEE, a particular TEE instance, the TA, and even the user
      of the device; an example of Personalization Data might be a
      secret symmetric key used by a TA to communicate with some

   *  Raw Public Key: A raw public key consists of only the algorithm
      identifier (type) of the key and the cryptographic public key
      material, such as the SubjectPublicKeyInfo structure of a PKIX
      certificate [RFC5280].  Other serialization formats that do not
      rely on ASN.1 may also be used.

   *  Rich Execution Environment (REE): An environment that is provided
      and governed by a typical OS (e.g., Linux, Windows, Android, iOS),
      potentially in conjunction with other supporting operating systems
      and hypervisors; it is outside of the TEE(s) managed by the TEEP
      protocol.  This environment and applications running on it are
      considered untrusted (or more precisely, less trusted than a TEE).

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   *  Trust Anchor: As defined in [RFC6024] and [RFC9019], "A trust
      anchor represents an authoritative entity via a public key and
      associated data.  The public key is used to verify digital
      signatures, and the associated data is used to constrain the types
      of information for which the trust anchor is authoritative."  The
      Trust Anchor may be a certificate, a raw public key or other
      structure, as appropriate.  It can be a non-root certificate when
      it is a certificate.

   *  Trust Anchor Store: As defined in [RFC6024], "A trust anchor store
      is a set of one or more trust anchors stored in a device... A
      device may have more than one trust anchor store, each of which
      may be used by one or more applications."  As noted in [RFC9019],
      a Trust Anchor Store must resist modification against unauthorized
      insertion, deletion, and modification.

   *  Trusted Application (TA): An application (or, in some
      implementations, an application component) that runs in a TEE.

   *  Trusted Application Manager (TAM): An entity that manages Trusted
      Applications and other Trusted Components running in TEEs of
      various devices.

   *  Trusted Component: A set of code and/or data in a TEE managed as a
      unit by a Trusted Application Manager.  Trusted Applications and
      Personalization Data are thus managed by being included in Trusted
      Components.  Trusted OS code or trusted firmware can also be
      expressed as Trusted Components that a Trusted Component depends

   *  Trusted Component Developer: An entity that develops one or more
      Trusted Components.

   *  Trusted Component Signer: An entity that signs a Trusted Component
      with a key that a TEE will trust.  The signer might or might not
      be the same entity as the Trusted Component Developer.  For
      example, a Trusted Component might be signed (or re-signed) by a
      Device Administrator if the TEE will only trust the Device
      Administrator.  A Trusted Component might also be encrypted, if
      the code is considered confidential, for example, when a developer
      wants to provide a TA without revealing its code to others.

   *  Trusted Execution Environment (TEE): An execution environment that
      enforces that only authorized code can execute within the TEE, and
      data used by that code cannot be read or tampered with by code
      outside the TEE.  A TEE also generally has a device unique
      credential that cannot be cloned.  There are multiple technologies
      that can be used to implement a TEE, and the level of security

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      achieved varies accordingly.  In addition, TEEs typically use an
      isolation mechanism between Trusted Applications to ensure that
      one TA cannot read, modify or delete the data and code of another

   *  Untrusted Application (UA): An application running in an REE.  An
      Untrusted Application might depend on one or more TAs.

3.  Use Cases

3.1.  Payment

   A payment application in a mobile device requires high security and
   trust in the hosting device.  Payments initiated from a mobile device
   can use a Trusted Application to provide strong identification and
   proof of transaction.

   For a mobile payment application, some biometric identification
   information could also be stored in a TEE.  The mobile payment
   application can use such information for unlocking the device and for
   local identification of the user.

   A trusted user interface (UI) may be used in a mobile device or
   point-of-sale device to prevent malicious software from stealing
   sensitive user input data.  Such an implementation often relies on a
   TEE for providing access to peripherals, such as PIN input or a
   trusted display, so that the REE cannot observe or tamper with the
   user input or output.

3.2.  Authentication

   For better security of authentication, a device may store its keys
   and cryptographic libraries inside a TEE limiting access to
   cryptographic functions via a well-defined interface and thereby
   reducing access to keying material.

3.3.  Internet of Things

   Weak security in Internet of Things (IoT) devices has been posing
   threats to critical infrastructure, i.e., assets that are essential
   for the functioning of a society and economy.  It is desirable that
   IoT devices can prevent malware from manipulating actuators (e.g.,
   unlocking a door), or stealing or modifying sensitive data, such as
   authentication credentials in the device.  A TEE can be one of the
   best ways to implement such IoT security functions.  For example,
   [GPTEE] uses the term "trusted peripheral" to refer to such things
   being accessible only from the TEE, and this concept is used, and
   this concept is used in some GlobalPlatform-compliant devices today.

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3.4.  Confidential Cloud Computing

   A tenant can store sensitive data, such as customer details or credit
   card numbers, in a TEE in a cloud computing server such that only the
   tenant can access the data, preventing the cloud hosting provider
   from accessing the data.  A tenant can run TAs inside a server TEE
   for secure operation and enhanced data security.  This provides
   benefits not only to tenants with better data security but also to
   cloud hosting providers for reduced liability and increased cloud

4.  Architecture

4.1.  System Components

   Figure 1 shows the main components in a typical device with an REE
   and a TEE.  Full descriptions of components not previously defined
   are provided below.  Interactions of all components are further
   explained in the following paragraphs.

   | Device                                      |     Trusted Component
   |                          +--------+         |               Signer
   |    +---------------+     |        |--------------+              |
   |    | TEE-1         |     | TEEP   |-----------+  |              |
   |    | +--------+    |  +--| Broker |         | |  |   +-------+  |
   |    | | TEEP   |    |  |  |        |<-----+  | |  +-->|       |<-+
   |    | | Agent  |<------+  |        |      |  | |    +-| TAM-1 |
   |    | +--------+    |     |        |<---+ |  | +--->| |       |<-+
   |    |               |     +--------+    | |  |      | +-------+  |
   |    | +----+ +----+ |                   | |  |      | TAM-2 |    |
   |  +-->|TA-1| |TA-2| |        +-------+  | |  |      +-------+    |
   |  | | |    | |    |<---------| UA-2  |--+ |  |                   |
   |  | | +----+ +----+ |  +-------+     |    |  |               Device
   |  | +---------------+  | UA-1  |     |    |  |         Administrator
   |  |                    |       |     |    |  |
   |  +--------------------|       |-----+    |  |
   |                       |       |----------+  |
   |                       +-------+             |

               Figure 1: Notional Architecture of TEEP

   *  Trusted Component Signers and Device Administrators utilize the
      services of a TAM to manage TAs on devices.  Trusted Component
      Signers do not directly interact with devices.  Device
      Administrators may elect to use a TAM for remote administration of
      TAs instead of managing each device directly.

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   *  Trusted Application Manager (TAM): A TAM is responsible for
      performing lifecycle management activity on Trusted Components on
      behalf of Trusted Component Signers and Device Administrators.
      This includes installation and deletion of Trusted Components, and
      may include, for example, over-the-air updates to keep Trusted
      Components up-to-date and clean up when Trusted Components should
      be removed.  TAMs may provide services that make it easier for
      Trusted Component Signers or Device Administrators to use the
      TAM's service to manage multiple devices, although that is not
      required of a TAM.

      The TAM performs its management of Trusted Components on the
      device through interactions with a device's TEEP Broker, which
      relays messages between a TAM and a TEEP Agent running inside the
      TEE.  TEEP authentication is performed between a TAM and a TEEP

      When the TEEP Agent runs in a user or enterprise device, network
      and application firewalls normally protect user and enterprise
      devices from arbitrary connections from external network entities.
      In such a deployment, a TAM outside that network might not be able
      to directly contact a TEEP Agent, but needs to wait for the TEEP
      Broker to contact it.  The architecture in Figure 1 accommodates
      this case as well as other less restrictive cases by leaving such
      details to an appropriate TEEP transport protocol (e.g.,
      [I-D.ietf-teep-otrp-over-http], though other transport protocols
      can be defined under the TEEP protocol for other cases).

      A TAM may be publicly available for use by many Trusted Component
      Signers, or a TAM may be private, and accessible by only one or a
      limited number of Trusted Component Signers.  It is expected that
      many enterprises, manufacturers, and network carriers will run
      their own private TAM.

      A Trusted Component Signer or Device Administrator chooses a
      particular TAM based on whether the TAM is trusted by a device or
      set of devices.  The TAM is trusted by a device if the TAM's
      public key is, or chains up to, an authorized Trust Anchor in the
      device, and conforms with all constraints defined in the Trust
      Anchor.  A Trusted Component Signer or Device Administrator may
      run their own TAM, but the devices they wish to manage must
      include this TAM's public key or certificate, or a certificate it
      chains up to, in the Trust Anchor Store.

      A Trusted Component Signer or Device Administrator is free to
      utilize multiple TAMs.  This may be required for managing Trusted
      Components on multiple different types of devices from different
      manufacturers, or mobile devices on different network carriers,

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      since the Trust Anchor Store on these different devices may
      contain keys for different TAMs.  A Device Administrator may be
      able to add their own TAM's public key or certificate, or a
      certificate it chains up to, to the Trust Anchor Store on all
      their devices, overcoming this limitation.

      Any entity is free to operate a TAM.  For a TAM to be successful,
      it must have its public key or certificate installed in a device's
      Trust Anchor Store.  A TAM may set up a relationship with device
      manufacturers or network carriers to have them install the TAM's
      keys in their device's Trust Anchor Store.  Alternatively, a TAM
      may publish its certificate and allow Device Administrators to
      install the TAM's certificate in their devices as an after-market

   *  TEEP Broker: A TEEP Broker is an application component running in
      a Rich Execution Environment (REE) that enables the message
      protocol exchange between a TAM and a TEE in a device.  A TEEP
      Broker does not process messages on behalf of a TEE, but merely is
      responsible for relaying messages from the TAM to the TEE, and for
      returning the TEE's responses to the TAM.  In devices with no REE
      (e.g., a microcontroller where all code runs in an environment
      that meets the definition of a Trusted Execution Environment in
      Section 2), the TEEP Broker would be absent and instead the TEEP
      protocol transport would be implemented inside the TEE itself.

   *  TEEP Agent: The TEEP Agent is a processing module running inside a
      TEE that receives TAM requests (typically relayed via a TEEP
      Broker that runs in an REE).  A TEEP Agent in the TEE may parse
      requests or forward requests to other processing modules in a TEE,
      which is up to a TEE provider's implementation.  A response
      message corresponding to a TAM request is sent back to the TAM,
      again typically relayed via a TEEP Broker.

   *  Certification Authority (CA): A CA is an entity that issues
      digital certificates (especially X.509 certificates) and vouches
      for the binding between the data items in a certificate [RFC4949].
      Certificates are then used for authenticating a device, a TAM, or
      a Trusted Component Signer, as discussed in Section 5.  The CAs do
      not need to be the same; different CAs can be chosen by each TAM,
      and different device CAs can be used by different device

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4.2.  Multiple TEEs in a Device

   Some devices might implement multiple TEEs.  In these cases, there
   might be one shared TEEP Broker that interacts with all the TEEs in
   the device.  However, some TEEs (for example, SGX [SGX]) present
   themselves as separate containers within memory without a controlling
   manager within the TEE.  As such, there might be multiple TEEP
   Brokers in the REE, where each TEEP Broker communicates with one or
   more TEEs associated with it.

   It is up to the REE and the Untrusted Applications how they select
   the correct TEEP Broker.  Verification that the correct TA has been
   reached then becomes a matter of properly verifying TA attestations,
   which are unforgeable.

   The multiple TEEP Broker approach is shown in the diagram below.  For
   brevity, TEEP Broker 2 is shown interacting with only one TAM and
   Untrusted Application and only one TEE, but no such limitations are
   intended to be implied in the architecture.

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   | Device                                    |     Trusted Component
   |                                           |               Signer
   |    +---------------+                      |                  |
   |    | TEE-1         |                      |                  |
   |    | +-------+     |     +--------+       |      +--------+  |
   |    | | TEEP  |     |     | TEEP   |------------->|        |<-+
   |    | | Agent |<----------| Broker |       |      |        | TA
   |    | | 1     |     |     | 1      |---------+    |        |
   |    | +-------+     |     |        |       | |    |        |
   |    |               |     |        |<---+  | |    |        |
   |    | +----+ +----+ |     |        |    |  | |  +-|  TAM-1 | Policy
   |    | |TA-1| |TA-2| |     |        |<-+ |  | +->| |        |<-+
   |  +-->|    | |    |<---+  +--------+  | |  |    | +--------+  |
   |  | | +----+ +----+ |  |              | |  |    | TAM-2  |    |
   |  | |               |  |   +-------+  | |  |    +--------+    |
   |  | +---------------+  +---| UA-2  |--+ |  |       ^          |
   |  |                    +-------+   |    |  |       |       Device
   |  +--------------------| UA-1  |   |    |  |       |   Administrator
   |                +------|       |   |    |  |       |
   |    +-----------|---+  |       |---+    |  |       |
   |    | TEE-2     |   |  |       |--------+  |       |
   |    | +------+  |   |  |       |-------+   |       |
   |    | | TEEP |  |   |  +-------+       |   |       |
   |    | | Agent|<-------+                |   |       |
   |    | | 2    |  |   | |                |   |       |
   |    | +------+  |   | |                |   |       |
   |    |           |   | |                |   |       |
   |    | +----+    |   | |                |   |       |
   |    | |TA-3|<---+   | |   +---------+  |   |       |
   |    | |    |        | |   | TEEP    |<-+   |       |
   |    | +----+        | +---| Broker  |      |       |
   |    |               |     | 2       |--------------+
   |    +---------------+     +---------+      |
   |                                           |

      Figure 2: Notional Architecture of TEEP with multiple TEEs

   In the diagram above, TEEP Broker 1 controls interactions with the
   TAs in TEE-1, and TEEP Broker 2 controls interactions with the TAs in
   TEE-2.  This presents some challenges for a TAM in completely
   managing the device, since a TAM may not interact with all the TEEP
   Brokers on a particular platform.  In addition, since TEEs may be
   physically separated, with wholly different resources, there may be
   no need for TEEP Brokers to share information on installed Trusted
   Components or resource usage.

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4.3.  Multiple TAMs and Relationship to TAs

   As shown in Figure 2, a TEEP Broker provides communication between
   one or more TEEP Agents and one or more TAMs.  The selection of which
   TAM to interact with might be made with or without input from an
   Untrusted Application, but is ultimately the decision of a TEEP

   A TEEP Agent is assumed to be able to determine, for any given
   Trusted Component, whether that Trusted Component is installed (or
   minimally, is running) in a TEE with which the TEEP Agent is

   Each Trusted Component is digitally signed, protecting its integrity,
   and linking the Trusted Component back to the Trusted Component
   Signer.  The Trusted Component Signer is often the Trusted Component
   Developer, but in some cases might be another party such as a Device
   Administrator or other party to whom the code has been licensed (in
   which case the same code might be signed by multiple licensees and
   distributed as if it were different TAs).

   A Trusted Component Signer selects one or more TAMs and communicates
   the Trusted Component(s) to the TAM.  For example, the Trusted
   Component Signer might choose TAMs based upon the markets into which
   the TAM can provide access.  There may be TAMs that provide services
   to specific types of devices, or device operating systems, or
   specific geographical regions or network carriers.  A Trusted
   Component Signer may be motivated to utilize multiple TAMs in order
   to maximize market penetration and availability on multiple types of
   devices.  This means that the same Trusted Component will often be
   available through multiple TAMs.

   When the developer of an Untrusted Application that depends on a
   Trusted Component publishes the Untrusted Application to an app store
   or other app repository, the developer optionally binds the Untrusted
   Application with a manifest that identifies what TAMs can be
   contacted for the Trusted Component.  In some situations, a Trusted
   Component may only be available via a single TAM - this is likely the
   case for enterprise applications or Trusted Component Signers serving
   a closed community.  For broad public apps, there will likely be
   multiple TAMs in the Untrusted Application's manifest - one servicing
   one brand of mobile device and another servicing a different
   manufacturer, etc.  Because different devices and different
   manufacturers trust different TAMs, the manifest can include multiple
   TAMs that support the required Trusted Component.

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   When a TEEP Broker receives a request (see the RequestTA API in
   Section 6.2.1) from an Untrusted Application to install a Trusted
   Component, a list of TAM URIs may be provided for that Trusted
   Component, and the request is passed to the TEEP Agent.  If the TEEP
   Agent decides that the Trusted Component needs to be installed, the
   TEEP Agent selects a single TAM URI that is consistent with the list
   of trusted TAMs provisioned in the TEEP Agent, invokes the HTTP
   transport for TEEP to connect to the TAM URI, and begins a TEEP
   protocol exchange.  When the TEEP Agent subsequently receives the
   Trusted Component to install and the Trusted Component's manifest
   indicates dependencies on any other trusted components, each
   dependency can include a list of TAM URIs for the relevant
   dependency.  If such dependencies exist that are prerequisites to
   install the Trusted Component, then the TEEP Agent recursively
   follows the same procedure for each dependency that needs to be
   installed or updated, including selecting a TAM URI that is
   consistent with the list of trusted TAMs provisioned on the device,
   and beginning a TEEP exchange.  If multiple TAM URIs are considered
   trusted, only one needs to be contacted and they can be attempted in
   some order until one responds.

   Separate from the Untrusted Application's manifest, this framework
   relies on the use of the manifest format in [I-D.ietf-suit-manifest]
   for expressing how to install a Trusted Component, as well as any
   dependencies on other TEE components and versions.  That is,
   dependencies from Trusted Components on other Trusted Components can
   be expressed in a SUIT manifest, including dependencies on any other
   TAs, trusted OS code (if any), or trusted firmware.  Installation
   steps can also be expressed in a SUIT manifest.

   For example, TEEs compliant with GlobalPlatform [GPTEE] may have a
   notion of a "security domain" (which is a grouping of one or more TAs
   installed on a device, that can share information within such a
   group) that must be created and into which one or more TAs can then
   be installed.  It is thus up to the SUIT manifest to express a
   dependency on having such a security domain existing or being created
   first, as appropriate.

   Updating a Trusted Component may cause compatibility issues with any
   Untrusted Applications or other components that depend on the updated
   Trusted Component, just like updating the OS or a shared library
   could impact an Untrusted Application.  Thus, an implementation needs
   to take into account such issues.

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4.4.  Untrusted Apps, Trusted Apps, and Personalization Data

   In TEEP, there is an explicit relationship and dependence between an
   Untrusted Application in an REE and one or more TAs in a TEE, as
   shown in Figure 2.  For most purposes, an Untrusted Application that
   uses one or more TAs in a TEE appears no different from any other
   Untrusted Application in the REE.  However, the way the Untrusted
   Application and its corresponding TAs are packaged, delivered, and
   installed on the device can vary.  The variations depend on whether
   the Untrusted Application and TA are bundled together or are provided
   separately, and this has implications to the management of the TAs in
   a TEE.  In addition to the Untrusted Application and TA(s), the TA(s)
   and/or TEE may also require additional data to personalize the TA to
   the device or a user.  Implementations of the TEEP protocol must
   support encryption to preserve the confidentiality of such
   Personalization Data, which may potentially contain sensitive data.
   The encryption is used to ensure that no personalization data is sent
   in the clear.  Implementations must also support mechanisms for
   integrity protection of such Personalization Data.  Other than the
   requirement to support confidentiality and integrity protection, the
   TEEP architecture places no limitations or requirements on the
   Personalization Data.

   There are multiple possible cases for bundling of an Untrusted
   Application, TA(s), and Personalization Data.  Such cases include
   (possibly among others):

   1.  The Untrusted Application, TA(s), and Personalization Data are
       all bundled together in a single package by a Trusted Component
       Signer and either provided to the TEEP Broker through the TAM, or
       provided separately (with encrypted Personalization Data), with
       key material needed to decrypt and install the Personalization
       Data and TA provided by a TAM.

   2.  The Untrusted Application and the TA(s) are bundled together in a
       single package, which a TAM or a publicly accessible app store
       maintains, and the Personalization Data is separately provided by
       the Personalization Data provider's TAM.

   3.  All components are independent packages.  The Untrusted
       Application is installed through some independent or device-
       specific mechanism, and one or more TAMs provide (directly or
       indirectly by reference) the TA(s) and Personalization Data.

   4.  The TA(s) and Personalization Data are bundled together into a
       package provided by a TAM, while the Untrusted Application is
       installed through some independent or device-specific mechanism
       such as an app store.

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   5.  Encrypted Personalization Data is bundled into a package
       distributed with the Untrusted Application, while the TA(s) and
       key material needed to decrypt and install the Personalization
       Data are in a separate package provided by a TAM.
       Personalization Data is encrypted with a key unique to that
       specific TEE, as discussed in Section 5.

   The TEEP protocol can treat each TA, any dependencies the TA has, and
   Personalization Data as separate Trusted Components with separate
   installation steps that are expressed in SUIT manifests, and a SUIT
   manifest might contain or reference multiple binaries (see
   [I-D.ietf-suit-manifest] for more details).  The TEEP Agent is
   responsible for handling any installation steps that need to be
   performed inside the TEE, such as decryption of private TA binaries
   or Personalization Data.

   In order to better understand these cases, it is helpful to review
   actual implementations of TEEs and their application delivery

4.4.1.  Example: Application Delivery Mechanisms in Intel SGX

   In Intel Software Guard Extensions (SGX), the Untrusted Application
   and TA are typically bundled into the same package (Case 2).  The TA
   exists in the package as a shared library (.so or .dll).  The
   Untrusted Application loads the TA into an SGX enclave when the
   Untrusted Application needs the TA.  This organization makes it easy
   to maintain compatibility between the Untrusted Application and the
   TA, since they are updated together.  It is entirely possible to
   create an Untrusted Application that loads an external TA into an SGX
   enclave, and use that TA (Cases 3-5).  In this case, the Untrusted
   Application would require a reference to an external file or download
   such a file dynamically, place the contents of the file into memory,
   and load that as a TA.  Obviously, such file or downloaded content
   must be properly formatted and signed for it to be accepted by the

   In SGX, any Personalization Data is normally loaded into the SGX
   enclave (the TA) after the TA has started.  Although it is possible
   with SGX to include the Untrusted Application in an encrypted package
   along with Personalization Data (Cases 1 and 5), there are no
   instances of this known to be in use at this time, since such a
   construction would require a special installation program and SGX TA
   (which might or might not be the TEEP Agent itself based on the
   implementation) to receive the encrypted package, decrypt it,
   separate it into the different elements, and then install each one.
   This installation is complex because the Untrusted Application
   decrypted inside the TEE must be passed out of the TEE to an

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   installer in the REE which would install the Untrusted Application.
   Finally, the Personalization Data would need to be sent out of the
   TEE (encrypted in an SGX enclave-to-enclave manner) to the REE's
   installation app, which would pass this data to the installed
   Untrusted Application, which would in turn send this data to the SGX
   enclave (TA).  This complexity is due to the fact that each SGX
   enclave is separate and does not have direct communication to other
   SGX enclaves.

   As long as signed files (TAs and/or Personalization Data) are
   installed into an untrusted filesystem and trust is verified by the
   TEE at load time, classic distribution mechanisms can be used.  Some
   uses of SGX, however, allow a model where a TA can be dynamically
   installed into an SGX enclave that provides a runtime platform.  The
   TEEP protocol can be used in such cases, where the runtime platform
   could include a TEEP Agent.

4.4.2.  Example: Application Delivery Mechanisms in Arm TrustZone

   In Arm TrustZone [TrustZone] for A-class devices, the Untrusted
   Application and TA may or may not be bundled together.  This differs
   from SGX since in TrustZone the TA lifetime is not inherently tied to
   a specific Untrusted Application process lifetime as occurs in SGX.
   A TA is loaded by a trusted OS running in the TEE such as a
   GlobalPlatform [GPTEE] compliant TEE, where the trusted OS is
   separate from the OS in the REE.  Thus Cases 2-4 are equally
   applicable.  In addition, it is possible for TAs to communicate with
   each other without involving any Untrusted Application, and so the
   complexity of Cases 1 and 5 are lower than in the SGX example, though
   still more complex than Cases 2-4.

   A trusted OS running in the TEE (e.g., OP-TEE [OP-TEE]) that supports
   loading and verifying signed TAs from an untrusted filesystem can,
   like SGX, use classic file distribution mechanisms.  If secure TA
   storage is used (e.g., a Replay-Protected Memory Block device) on the
   other hand, the TEEP protocol can be used to manage such storage.

4.5.  Entity Relations

   This architecture leverages asymmetric cryptography to authenticate a
   device to a TAM.  Additionally, a TEEP Agent in a device
   authenticates a TAM.  The provisioning of Trust Anchors to a device
   may be different from one use case to the other.  A Device
   Administrator may want to have the capability to control what TAs are
   allowed.  A device manufacturer enables verification by one or more
   TAMs and by Trusted Component Signers; it may embed a list of default
   Trust Anchors into the TEEP Agent and TEE for TAM trust verification
   and TA signature verification.

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    (App Developers)   (App Store)   (TAM)      (Device with TEE)  (CAs)
           |                   |       |                |            |
           |                   |       |      (Embedded TEE cert) <--|
           |                   |       |                |            |
           | <--- Get an app cert -----------------------------------|
           |                   |       |                |            |
           |                   |       | <-- Get a TAM cert ---------|
           |                   |       |                |            |
   1. Build two apps:          |       |                |            |
                               |       |                |            |
      (a) Untrusted            |       |                |            |
          App - 2a. Supply --> |       |                |            |
                               |       |                |            |
      (b) TA -- 2b. Supply ----------> |                |            |
                               |       |                |            |
                               | --- 3. Install ------> |            |
                               |       |                |            |
                               |       | 4. Messaging-->|            |

                   Figure 3: Example Developer Experience

   Figure 3 shows an example where the same developer builds and signs
   two applications: (a) an Untrusted Application; (b) a TA that
   provides some security functions to be run inside a TEE.  This
   example assumes that the developer, the TEE, and the TAM have
   previously been provisioned with certificates.

   At step 1, the developer authors the two applications.

   At step 2, the developer uploads the Untrusted Application (2a) to an
   Application Store.  In this example, the developer is also the
   Trusted Component Signer, and so generates a signed TA.  The
   developer can then either bundle the signed TA with the Untrusted
   Application, or the developer can provide a signed Trusted Component
   containing the TA to a TAM that will be managing the TA in various

   At step 3, a user will go to an Application Store to download the
   Untrusted Application (where the arrow indicates the direction of
   data transfer).

   At step 4, since the Untrusted Application depends on the TA,
   installing the Untrusted Application will trigger TA installation via
   communication with a TAM.  The TEEP Agent will interact with the TAM
   via a TEEP Broker that facilitates communications between the TAM and
   the TEEP Agent.

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   Some Trusted Component installation implementations might ask for a
   user's consent.  In other implementations, a Device Administrator
   might choose what Untrusted Applications and related Trusted
   Components to be installed.  A user consent flow is out of scope of
   the TEEP architecture.

   The main components of the TEEP protocol consist of a set of standard
   messages created by a TAM to deliver Trusted Component management
   commands to a device, and device attestation and response messages
   created by a TEE that responds to a TAM's message.

   It should be noted that network communication capability is generally
   not available in TAs in today's TEE-powered devices.  Consequently,
   Trusted Applications generally rely on a broker in the REE to provide
   access to network functionality in the REE.  A broker does not need
   to know the actual content of messages to facilitate such access.

   Similarly, since the TEEP Agent runs inside a TEE, the TEEP Agent
   generally relies on a TEEP Broker in the REE to provide network
   access, and relay TAM requests to the TEEP Agent and relay the
   responses back to the TAM.

5.  Keys and Certificate Types

   This architecture leverages the following credentials, which allow
   achieving end-to-end security between a TAM and a TEEP Agent.

   Figure 4 summarizes the relationships between various keys and where
   they are stored.  Each public/private key identifies a Trusted
   Component Signer, TAM, or TEE, and gets a certificate that chains up
   to some trust anchor.  A list of trusted certificates is used to
   check a presented certificate against.

   Different CAs can be used for different types of certificates.  TEEP
   messages are always signed, where the signer key is the message
   originator's private key, such as that of a TAM or a TEE.  In
   addition to the keys shown in Figure 4, there may be additional keys
   used for attestation or encryption.  Refer to the RATS Architecture
   [I-D.ietf-rats-architecture] for more discussion.

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                       Cardinality &                    Location of
                        Location of    Private Key     Trust Anchor
   Purpose              Private Key       Signs           Store
   ------------------   -----------   -------------    -------------
   Authenticating        1 per TEE    TEEP responses       TAM
   TEEP Agent

   Authenticating TAM    1 per TAM    TEEP requests     TEEP Agent

   Code Signing          1 per Trusted  TA binary          TEE

                          Figure 4: Signature Keys

   Note that Personalization Data is not included in the table above.
   The use of Personalization Data is dependent on how TAs are used and
   what their security requirements are.

   TEEP requests from a TAM to a TEEP Agent are signed with the TAM
   private key (for authentication and integrity protection).
   Personalization Data and TA binaries can be encrypted with a key
   unique to that specific TEE, established with a content-encryption
   key established with the TEE public key (to provide confidentiality).
   Conversely, TEEP responses from a TEEP Agent to a TAM can be signed
   with the TEE private key.

   The TEE key pair and certificate are thus used for authenticating the
   TEE to a remote TAM, and for sending private data to the TEE.  Often,
   the key pair is burned into the TEE by the TEE manufacturer and the
   key pair and its certificate are valid for the expected lifetime of
   the TEE.  A TAM provider is responsible for configuring the TAM's
   Trust Anchor Store with the manufacturer certificates or CAs that are
   used to sign TEE keys.  This is discussed further in Section 5.3
   below.  Typically, the same key TEE pair is used for both signing and
   encryption, though separate key pairs might also be used in the
   future, as the joint security of encryption and signature with a
   single key remains to some extent an open question in academic

   The TAM key pair and certificate are used for authenticating a TAM to
   a remote TEE, and for sending private data to the TAM (separate key
   pairs for authentication vs. encryption could also be used in the
   future).  A TAM provider is responsible for acquiring a certificate
   from a CA that is trusted by the TEEs it manages.  This is discussed
   further in Section 5.1 below.

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   The Trusted Component Signer key pair and certificate are used to
   sign Trusted Components that the TEE will consider authorized to
   execute.  TEEs must be configured with the certificates or keys that
   it considers authorized to sign TAs that it will execute.  This is
   discussed further in Section 5.2 below.

5.1.  Trust Anchors in a TEEP Agent

   A TEEP Agent's Trust Anchor Store contains a list of Trust Anchors,
   which are typically CA certificates that sign various TAM
   certificates.  The list is typically preloaded at manufacturing time,
   and can be updated using the TEEP protocol if the TEE has some form
   of "Trust Anchor Manager TA" that has Trust Anchors in its
   configuration data.  Thus, Trust Anchors can be updated similarly to
   the Personalization Data for any other TA.

   When Trust Anchor update is carried out, it is imperative that any
   update must maintain integrity where only an authentic Trust Anchor
   list from a device manufacturer or a Device Administrator is
   accepted.  Details are out of scope of the architecture and can be
   addressed in a protocol document.

   Before a TAM can begin operation in the marketplace to support a
   device with a particular TEE, it must be able to get its raw public
   key, or its certificate, or a certificate it chains up to, listed in
   the Trust Anchor Store of the TEEP Agent.

5.2.  Trust Anchors in a TEE

   The Trust Anchor Store in a TEE contains a list of Trust Anchors (raw
   public keys or certificates) that are used to determine whether TA
   binaries are allowed to execute by checking if their signatures can
   be verified.  The list is typically preloaded at manufacturing time,
   and can be updated using the TEEP protocol if the TEE has some form
   of "Trust Anchor Manager TA" that has Trust Anchors in its
   configuration data.  Thus, Trust Anchors can be updated similarly to
   the Personalization Data for any other TA, as discussed in
   Section 5.1.

5.3.  Trust Anchors in a TAM

   The Trust Anchor Store in a TAM consists of a list of Trust Anchors,
   which are certificates that sign various device TEE certificates.  A
   TAM will accept a device for Trusted Component management if the TEE
   in the device uses a TEE certificate that is chained to a certificate
   or raw public key that the TAM trusts, is contained in an allow list,
   is not found on a block list, and/or fulfills any other policy

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5.4.  Scalability

   This architecture uses a PKI (including self-signed certificates).
   Trust Anchors exist on the devices to enable the TEEP Agent to
   authenticate TAMs and the TEE to authenticate Trusted Component
   Signers, and TAMs use Trust Anchors to authenticate TEEP Agents.
   When a PKI is used, many intermediate CA certificates can chain to a
   root certificate, each of which can issue many certificates.  This
   makes the protocol highly scalable.  New factories that produce TEEs
   can join the ecosystem.  In this case, such a factory can get an
   intermediate CA certificate from one of the existing roots without
   requiring that TAMs are updated with information about the new device
   factory.  Likewise, new TAMs can join the ecosystem, providing they
   are issued a TAM certificate that chains to an existing root whereby
   existing TAs in the TEE will be allowed to be personalized by the TAM
   without requiring changes to the TEE itself.  This enables the
   ecosystem to scale, and avoids the need for centralized databases of
   all TEEs produced or all TAMs that exist or all Trusted Component
   Signers that exist.

5.5.  Message Security

   Messages created by a TAM are used to deliver Trusted Component
   management commands to a device, and device attestation and messages
   are created by the device TEE to respond to TAM messages.

   These messages are signed end-to-end between a TEEP Agent and a TAM.
   Confidentiality is provided by encrypting sensitive payloads (such as
   Personalization Data and attestation evidence), rather than
   encrypting the messages themselves.  Using encrypted payloads is
   important to ensure that only the targeted device TEE or TAM is able
   to decrypt and view the actual content.

6.  TEEP Broker

   A TEE and TAs often do not have the capability to directly
   communicate outside of the hosting device.  For example,
   GlobalPlatform [GPTEE] specifies one such architecture.  This calls
   for a software module in the REE world to handle network
   communication with a TAM.

   A TEEP Broker is an application component running in the REE of the
   device or an SDK that facilitates communication between a TAM and a
   TEE.  It also provides interfaces for Untrusted Applications to query
   and trigger installation of Trusted Components that the application
   needs to use.

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   An Untrusted Application might communicate with a TEEP Broker at
   runtime to trigger Trusted Component installation itself, or an
   Untrusted Application might simply have a metadata file that
   describes the Trusted Components it depends on and the associated
   TAM(s) for each Trusted Component, and an REE Application Installer
   can inspect this application metadata file and invoke the TEEP Broker
   to trigger Trusted Component installation on behalf of the Untrusted
   Application without requiring the Untrusted Application to run first.

6.1.  Role of the TEEP Broker

   A TEEP Broker interacts with a TEEP Agent inside a TEE, relaying
   messages between the TEEP Agent and the TAM, and may also interact
   with one or more Untrusted Applications (see Section 6.2.1).  The
   Broker cannot parse encrypted TEEP messages between a TAM and a TEEP
   agent but merely relays them.

   When a device has more than one TEE, one TEEP Broker per TEE could be
   present in the REE or a common TEEP Broker could be used by multiple
   TEEs where the transport protocol (e.g.,
   [I-D.ietf-teep-otrp-over-http]) allows the TEEP Broker to distinguish
   which TEE is relevant for each message from a TAM.

   The Broker only needs to return a (transport) error message to the
   TAM if the TEE is not reachable for some reason.  Other errors are
   represented as TEEP response messages returned from the TEE which
   will then be passed to the TAM.

6.2.  TEEP Broker Implementation Consideration

   As depicted in Figure 5, there are multiple ways in which a TEEP
   Broker can be implemented, with more or fewer layers being inside the
   TEE.  For example, in model A, the model with the smallest TEE
   footprint, only the TEEP implementation is inside the TEE, whereas
   the TEEP/HTTP implementation is in the TEEP Broker outside the TEE.

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                           Model:    A      B      C

                                    TEE    TEE    TEE
        +----------------+           |      |      |
        |      TEEP      |     Agent |      |      | Agent
        | implementation |           |      |      |
        +----------------+           v      |      |
                 |                          |      |
        +----------------+           ^      |      |
        |    TEEP/HTTP   |    Broker |      |      |
        | implementation |           |      |      |
        +----------------+           |      v      |
                 |                   |             |
        +----------------+           |      ^      |
        |     HTTP(S)    |           |      |      |
        | implementation |           |      |      |
        +----------------+           |      |      v
                 |                   |      |
        +----------------+           |      |      ^
        |   TCP or QUIC  |           |      |      | Broker
        | implementation |           |      |      |
        +----------------+           |      |      |
                                    REE    REE    REE

                        Figure 5: TEEP Broker Models

   In other models, additional layers are moved into the TEE, increasing
   the TEE footprint, with the Broker either containing or calling the
   topmost protocol layer outside of the TEE.  An implementation is free
   to choose any of these models.

   TEEP Broker implementers should consider methods of distribution,
   scope and concurrency on devices and runtime options.

6.2.1.  TEEP Broker APIs

   The following conceptual APIs exist from a TEEP Broker to a TEEP

   1.  RequestTA: A notification from an REE application (e.g., an
       installer, or an Untrusted Application) that it depends on a
       given Trusted Component, which may or may not already be
       installed in the TEE.

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   2.  UnrequestTA: A notification from an REE application (e.g., an
       installer, or an Untrusted Application) that it no longer depends
       on a given Trusted Component, which may or may not already be
       installed in the TEE.  For example, if the Untrusted Application
       is uninstalled, the uninstaller might invoke this conceptual API.

   3.  ProcessTeepMessage: A message arriving from the network, to be
       delivered to the TEEP Agent for processing.

   4.  RequestPolicyCheck: A hint (e.g., based on a timer) that the TEEP
       Agent may wish to contact the TAM for any changes, without the
       device itself needing any particular change.

   5.  ProcessError: A notification that the TEEP Broker could not
       deliver an outbound TEEP message to a TAM.

   For comparison, similar APIs may exist on the TAM side, where a
   Broker may or may not exist, depending on whether the TAM uses a TEE
   or not:

   1.  ProcessConnect: A notification that a new TEEP session is being
       requested by a TEEP Agent.

   2.  ProcessTeepMessage: A message arriving at an existing TEEP
       session, to be delivered to the TAM for processing.

   For further discussion on these APIs, see

6.2.2.  TEEP Broker Distribution

   The Broker installation is commonly carried out at device
   manufacturing time.  A user may also dynamically download and install
   a Broker on-demand.

7.  Attestation

   Attestation is the process through which one entity (an Attester)
   presents "evidence", in the form of a series of claims, to another
   entity (a Verifier), and provides sufficient proof that the claims
   are true.  Different Verifiers may require different degrees of
   confidence in attestation proofs and not all attestations are
   acceptable to every Verifier.  A third entity (a Relying Party) can
   then use "attestation results", in the form of another series of
   claims, from a Verifier to make authorization decisions.  (See
   [I-D.ietf-rats-architecture] for more discussion.)

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   In TEEP, as depicted in Figure 6, the primary purpose of an
   attestation is to allow a device (the Attester) to prove to a TAM
   (the Relying Party) that a TEE in the device has particular
   properties, was built by a particular manufacturer, and/or is
   executing a particular TA.  Other claims are possible; TEEP does not
   limit the claims that may appear in evidence or attestation results,
   but defines a minimal set of attestation result claims required for
   TEEP to operate properly.  Extensions to these claims are possible.
   Other standards or groups may define the format and semantics of
   extended claims.

   | Device         |            +----------+
   | +------------+ |  Evidence  |   TAM    |   Evidence    +----------+
   | |     TEE    |------------->| (Relying |-------------->| Verifier |
   | | (Attester) | |            |  Party)  |<--------------|          |
   | +------------+ |            +----------+  Attestation  +----------+
   +----------------+                             Result

                   Figure 6: TEEP Attestation Roles

   As of the writing of this specification, device and TEE attestations
   have not been standardized across the market.  Different devices,
   manufacturers, and TEEs support different attestation protocols.  In
   order for TEEP to be inclusive, it is agnostic to the format of
   evidence, allowing proprietary or standardized formats to be used
   between a TEE and a Verifier (which may or may not be colocated in
   the TAM), as long as the format supports encryption of any
   information that is considered sensitive.

   However, it should be recognized that not all Verifiers may be able
   to process all proprietary forms of attestation evidence.  Similarly,
   the TEEP protocol is agnostic as to the format of attestation
   results, and the protocol (if any) used between the TAM and a
   Verifier, as long as they convey at least the required set of claims
   in some format.  Note that the respective attestation algorithms are
   not defined in the TEEP protocol itself; see
   [I-D.ietf-rats-architecture] and [I-D.ietf-teep-protocol] for more

   There are a number of considerations that need to be considered when
   appraising evidence provided by a TEE, including:

   *  What security measures a manufacturer takes when provisioning keys
      into devices/TEEs;

   *  What hardware and software components have access to the
      attestation keys of the TEE;

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   *  The source or local verification of claims within an attestation
      prior to a TEE signing a set of claims;

   *  The level of protection afforded to attestation keys against
      exfiltration, modification, and side channel attacks;

   *  The limitations of use applied to TEE attestation keys;

   *  The processes in place to discover or detect TEE breaches; and

   *  The revocation and recovery process of TEE attestation keys.

   Some TAMs may require additional claims in order to properly
   authorize a device or TEE.  The specific format for these additional
   claims are outside the scope of this specification, but the TEEP
   protocol allows these additional claims to be included in the
   attestation messages.

   For more discussion of the attestation and appraisal process, see the
   RATS Architecture [I-D.ietf-rats-architecture].

   The following information is required for TEEP attestation:

   *  Device Identifying Information: Attestation information may need
      to uniquely identify a device to the TAM.  Unique device
      identification allows the TAM to provide services to the device,
      such as managing installed TAs, and providing subscriptions to
      services, and locating device-specific keying material to
      communicate with or authenticate the device.  In some use cases it
      may be sufficient to identify only the model or class of the
      device, for example, a DAA Issuer's group public key ID when the
      attestation uses DAA, see [I-D.ietf-rats-daa].  Another example of
      models is the hwmodel (Hardware Model) as defined in
      [I-D.ietf-rats-eat].  The security and privacy requirements
      regarding device identification will vary with the type of TA
      provisioned to the TEE.

   *  TEE Identifying Information: The type of TEE that generated this
      attestation must be identified.  This includes version
      identification information for hardware, firmware, and software
      version of the TEE, as applicable by the TEE type.  TEE
      manufacturer information for the TEE is required in order to
      disambiguate the same TEE type created by different manufacturers
      and address considerations around manufacturer provisioning,
      keying and support for the TEE.

   *  Freshness Proof: A claim that includes freshness information must
      be included, such as a nonce or timestamp.

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8.  Algorithm and Attestation Agility

   [RFC7696] outlines the requirements to migrate from one mandatory-to-
   implement cryptographic algorithm suite to another over time.  This
   feature is also known as crypto agility.  Protocol evolution is
   greatly simplified when crypto agility is considered during the
   design of the protocol.  In the case of the TEEP protocol the diverse
   range of use cases, from trusted app updates for smartphones and
   tablets to updates of code on higher-end IoT devices, creates the
   need for different mandatory-to-implement algorithms already from the

   Crypto agility in TEEP concerns the use of symmetric as well as
   asymmetric algorithms.  In the context of TEEP, symmetric algorithms
   are used for encryption and integrity protection of TA binaries and
   Personalization Data whereas the asymmetric algorithms are used for
   signing messages and managing symmetric keys.

   In addition to the use of cryptographic algorithms in TEEP, there is
   also the need to make use of different attestation technologies.  A
   device must provide techniques to inform a TAM about the attestation
   technology it supports.  For many deployment cases it is more likely
   for the TAM to support one or more attestation techniques whereas the
   device may only support one.

9.  Security Considerations

9.1.  Broker Trust Model

   The architecture enables the TAM to communicate, via a TEEP Broker,
   with the device's TEE to manage Trusted Components.  Since the TEEP
   Broker runs in a potentially vulnerable REE, the TEEP Broker could,
   however, be (or be infected by) malware.  As such, all TAM messages
   are signed and sensitive data is encrypted such that the TEEP Broker
   cannot modify or capture sensitive data, but the TEEP Broker can
   still conduct DoS attacks as discussed in Section 9.3.

   A TEEP Agent in a TEE is responsible for protecting against potential
   attacks from a compromised TEEP Broker or rogue malware in the REE.
   A rogue TEEP Broker might send corrupted data to the TEEP Agent, or
   launch a DoS attack by sending a flood of TEEP protocol requests, or
   simply drop or delay notifications to a TEE.  The TEEP Agent
   validates the signature of each TEEP protocol request and checks the
   signing certificate against its Trust Anchors.  To mitigate DoS
   attacks, it might also add some protection scheme such as a threshold
   on repeated requests or number of TAs that can be installed.

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   Some implementations might rely on (due to lack of any available
   alternative) the use of an untrusted timer or other event to call the
   RequestPolicyCheck API (Section 6.2.1), which means that a
   compromised REE can cause a TEE to not receive policy changes and
   thus be out of date with respect to policy.  The same can potentially
   be done by any other manipulator-in-the-middle simply by blocking
   communication with a TAM.  Ultimately such outdated compliance could
   be addressed by using attestation in secure communication, where the
   attestation evidence reveals what state the TEE is in, so that
   communication (other than remediation such as via TEEP) from an out-
   of-compliance TEE can be rejected.

   Similarly, in most implementations the REE is involved in the
   mechanics of installing new TAs.  However, the authority for what TAs
   are running in a given TEE is between the TEEP Agent and the TAM.
   While a TEEP Broker can in effect make suggestions as discussed in
   Section Section 6.2.1, it cannot decide or enforce what runs where.
   The TEEP Broker can also control which TEE a given installation
   request is directed at, but a TEEP Agent will only accept TAs that
   are actually applicable to it and where installation instructions are
   received by a TAM that it trusts.

   The authorization model for the UnrequestTA operation is, however,
   weaker in that it expresses the removal of a dependency from an
   application that was untrusted to begin with.  This means that a
   compromised REE could remove a valid dependency from an Untrusted
   Application on a TA.  Normal REE security mechanisms should be used
   to protect the REE and Untrusted Applications.

9.2.  Data Protection

   It is the responsibility of the TAM to protect data on its servers.
   Similarly, it is the responsibility of the TEE implementation to
   provide protection of data against integrity and confidentiality
   attacks from outside the TEE.  TEEs that provide isolation among TAs
   within the TEE are likewise responsible for protecting TA data
   against the REE and other TAs.  For example, this can be used to
   protect one user's or tenant's data from compromise by another user
   or tenant, even if the attacker has TAs.

   The protocol between TEEP Agents and TAMs similarly is responsible
   for securely providing integrity and confidentiality protection
   against adversaries between them.  It is a design choice at what
   layers to best provide protection against network adversaries.  As
   discussed in Section 6, the transport protocol and any security
   mechanism associated with it (e.g., the Transport Layer Security
   protocol) under the TEEP protocol may terminate outside a TEE.  If it
   does, the TEEP protocol itself must provide integrity protection and

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   confidentiality protection to secure data end-to-end.  For example,
   confidentiality protection for payloads may be provided by utilizing
   encrypted TA binaries and encrypted attestation information.  See
   [I-D.ietf-teep-protocol] for how a specific solution addresses the
   design question of how to provide integrity and confidentiality

9.3.  Compromised REE

   It is possible that the REE of a device is compromised.  We have
   already seen examples of attacks on the public Internet with a large
   number of compromised devices being used to mount DDoS attacks.  A
   compromised REE can be used for such an attack but it cannot tamper
   with the TEE's code or data in doing so.  A compromised REE can,
   however, launch DoS attacks against the TEE.

   The compromised REE may terminate the TEEP Broker such that TEEP
   transactions cannot reach the TEE, or might drop, replay, or delay
   messages between a TAM and a TEEP Agent.  However, while a DoS attack
   cannot be prevented, the REE cannot access anything in the TEE if the
   TEE is implemented correctly.  Some TEEs may have some watchdog
   scheme to observe REE state and mitigate DoS attacks against it but
   most TEEs don't have such a capability.

   In some other scenarios, the compromised REE may ask a TEEP Broker to
   make repeated requests to a TEEP Agent in a TEE to install or
   uninstall a Trusted Component.  An installation or uninstallation
   request constructed by the TEEP Broker or REE will be rejected by the
   TEEP Agent because the request won't have the correct signature from
   a TAM to pass the request signature validation.

   This can become a DoS attack by exhausting resources in a TEE with
   repeated requests.  In general, a DoS attack threat exists when the
   REE is compromised, and a DoS attack can happen to other resources.
   The TEEP architecture doesn't change this.

   A compromised REE might also request initiating the full flow of
   installation of Trusted Components that are not necessary.  It may
   also repeat a prior legitimate Trusted Component installation
   request.  A TEEP Agent implementation is responsible for ensuring
   that it can recognize and decline such repeated requests.  It is also
   responsible for protecting the resource usage allocated for Trusted
   Component management.

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9.4.  CA Compromise or Expiry of CA Certificate

   A root CA for TAM certificates might get compromised, or its
   certificate might expire, or a Trust Anchor other than a root CA
   certificate may also expire or be compromised.  TEEs are responsible
   for validating the entire TAM certificate path, including the TAM
   certificate and any intermediate certificates up to the root
   certificate.  See Section 6 of [RFC5280] for details.  Such
   validation generally includes checking for certificate revocation,
   but certificate status check protocols may not scale down to
   constrained devices that use TEEP.

   To address the above issues, a certificate path update mechanism is
   expected from TAM operators, so that the TAM can get a new
   certificate path that can be validated by a TEEP Agent.  In addition,
   the Trust Anchor in the TEEP Agent's Trust Anchor Store may need to
   be updated.  To address this, some TEE Trust Anchor update mechanism
   is expected from device OEMs, such as using the TEEP protocol to
   distribute new Trust Anchors.

   Similarly, a root CA for TEE certificates might get compromised, or
   its certificate might expire, or a Trust Anchor other than a root CA
   certificate may also expire or be compromised.  TAMs are responsible
   for validating the entire TEE certificate path, including the TEE
   certificate and any intermediate certificates up to the root
   certificate.  Such validation includes checking for certificate

   If a TEE certificate path validation fails, the TEE might be rejected
   by a TAM, subject to the TAM's policy.  To address this, some
   certificate path update mechanism is expected from device OEMs, so
   that the TEE can get a new certificate path that can be validated by
   a TAM.  In addition, the Trust Anchor in the TAM's Trust Anchor Store
   may need to be updated.

9.5.  Compromised TAM

   Device TEEs are responsible for validating the supplied TAM
   certificates.  A compromised TAM may bring multiple threats and
   damage to user devices that it can manage and thus to the Device
   Owners.  Information on devices that the TAM manages may be leaked to
   a bad actor.  A compromised TAM can also install many TAs to launch a
   DoS attack on devices, for example, by filling up a device's TEE
   resources reserved for TAs such that other TAs may not get resources
   to be installed or properly function.  It may also install malicious
   TAs to potentially many devices under the condition that it also has
   a Trusted Component signer key that is trusted by the TEEs.  This
   makes TAMs high value targets.  A TAM could be compromised without

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   impacting its certificate or raising concern from the TAM's operator.

   To mitigate this threat, TEEP Agents and Device Owners have several
   options, including but potentially not limited to those listed below,
   for detecting and mitigating a compromised TAM:

   1.  Apply an ACL to the TAM key, limiting which Trusted Components
       the TAM is permitted to install or update.

   2.  Use a transparency log to expose a TAM compromise: TAMs publish
       an out-of-band record of Trusted Component releases, allowing a
       TEE to cross-check the Trusted Components delivered against the
       Trusted Component installs in order to detect a TAM compromise.

   3.  Use remote attestation of the TAM to prove trustworthiness.

9.6.  Malicious TA Removal

   It is possible that a rogue developer distributes a malicious
   Untrusted Application and intends to get a malicious TA installed.
   Such a TA might be able to escape from malware detection by the REE,
   or access trusted resources within the TEE (but could not access
   other TEEs, or access other TA's if the TEE provides isolation
   between TAs).

   It is the responsibility of the TAM to not install malicious TAs in
   the first place.  The TEEP architecture allows a TEEP Agent to decide
   which TAMs it trusts via Trust Anchors, and delegates the TA
   authenticity check to the TAMs it trusts.

   It may happen that a TA was previously considered trustworthy but is
   later found to be buggy or compromised.  In this case, the TAM can
   initiate the removal of the TA by notifying devices to remove the TA
   (and potentially the REE or Device Owner to remove any Untrusted
   Application that depend on the TA).  If the TAM does not currently
   have a connection to the TEEP Agent on a device, such a notification
   would occur the next time connectivity does exist.  That is, to
   recover, the TEEP Agent must be able to reach out to the TAM, for
   example whenever the RequestPolicyCheck API (Section 6.2.1) is
   invoked by a timer or other event.

   Furthermore, the policy in the Verifier in an attestation process can
   be updated so that any evidence that includes the malicious TA would
   result in an attestation failure.  There is, however, a time window
   during which a malicious TA might be able to operate successfully,
   which is the validity time of the previous attestation result.  For
   example, if the Verifier in Figure 6 is updated to treat a previously
   valid TA as no longer trustworthy, any attestation result it

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   previously generated saying that the TA is valid will continue to be
   used until the attestation result expires.  As such, the TAM's
   Verifier should take into account the acceptable time window when
   generating attestation results.  See [I-D.ietf-rats-architecture] for
   further discussion.

9.7.  TEE Certificate Expiry and Renewal

   TEE device certificates are expected to be long-lived, longer than
   the lifetime of a device.  A TAM certificate usually has a moderate
   lifetime of 1 to 5 years.  A TAM should get renewed or rekeyed
   certificates.  The root CA certificates for a TAM, which are embedded
   into the Trust Anchor Store in a device, should have long lifetimes
   that don't require device Trust Anchor updates.  On the other hand,
   it is imperative that OEMs or device providers plan for support of
   Trust Anchor update in their shipped devices.

   For those cases where TEE devices are given certificates for which no
   good expiration date can be assigned the recommendations in
   Section of [RFC5280] are applicable.

9.8.  Keeping Secrets from the TAM

   In some scenarios, it is desirable to protect the TA binary or
   Personalization Data from being disclosed to the TAM that distributes
   them.  In such a scenario, the files can be encrypted end-to-end
   between a Trusted Component Signer and a TEE.  However, there must be
   some means of provisioning the decryption key into the TEE and/or
   some means of the Trusted Component Signer securely learning a public
   key of the TEE that it can use to encrypt.  The Trusted Component
   Signer cannot necessarily even trust the TAM to report the correct
   public key of a TEE for use with encryption, since the TAM might
   instead provide the public key of a TEE that it controls.

   One way to solve this is for the Trusted Component Signer to run its
   own TAM that is only used to distribute the decryption key via the
   TEEP protocol, and the key file can be a dependency in the manifest
   of the encrypted TA.  Thus, the TEEP Agent would look at the Trusted
   Component manifest, determine there is a dependency with a TAM URI of
   the Trusted Component Signer's TAM.  The Agent would then install the
   dependency, and then continue with the Trusted Component installation
   steps, including decrypting the TA binary with the relevant key.

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9.9.  REE Privacy

   The TEEP architecture is applicable to cases where devices have a TEE
   that protects data and code from the REE administrator.  In such
   cases, the TAM administrator, not the REE administrator, controls the
   TEE in the devices.  As some examples:

   *  a cloud hoster may be the REE administrator where a customer
      administrator controls the TEE hosted in the cloud.

   *  a device manufacturer might control the TEE in a device purchased
      by a customer

   The privacy risk is that data in the REE might be susceptible to
   disclosure to the TEE administrator.  This risk is not introduced by
   the TEEP architecture, but is inherent in most uses of TEEs.  This
   risk can be mitigated by making sure the REE administrator is aware
   of and explicitly chooses to have a TEE that is managed by another
   party.  In the cloud hoster example, this choice is made by
   explicitly offering a service to customers to provide TEEs for them
   to administer.  In the device manufacturer example, this choice is
   made by the customer choosing to buy a device made by a given

10.  IANA Considerations

   This document does not require actions by IANA.

11.  Contributors

   *  Andrew Atyeo, Intercede (

   *  Liu Dapeng, Alibaba Group (

12.  Acknowledgements

   We would like to thank Nick Cook, Minho Yoo, Brian Witten, Tyler Kim,
   Alin Mutu, Juergen Schoenwaelder, Nicolae Paladi, Sorin Faibish, Ned
   Smith, Russ Housley, Jeremy O'Donoghue, Anders Rundgren, and Brendan
   Moran for their feedback.

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   [RFC4949]  Shirey, R., "Internet Security Glossary, Version 2",
              FYI 36, RFC 4949, DOI 10.17487/RFC4949, August 2007,

   [RFC5280]  Cooper, D., Santesson, S., Farrell, S., Boeyen, S.,
              Housley, R., and W. Polk, "Internet X.509 Public Key
              Infrastructure Certificate and Certificate Revocation List
              (CRL) Profile", RFC 5280, DOI 10.17487/RFC5280, May 2008,

   [RFC6024]  Reddy, R. and C. Wallace, "Trust Anchor Management
              Requirements", RFC 6024, DOI 10.17487/RFC6024, October
              2010, <>.

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   [RFC7696]  Housley, R., "Guidelines for Cryptographic Algorithm
              Agility and Selecting Mandatory-to-Implement Algorithms",
              BCP 201, RFC 7696, DOI 10.17487/RFC7696, November 2015,

   [RFC9019]  Moran, B., Tschofenig, H., Brown, D., and M. Meriac, "A
              Firmware Update Architecture for Internet of Things",
              RFC 9019, DOI 10.17487/RFC9019, April 2021,

   [SGX]      Intel, "Intel(R) Software Guard Extensions (Intel (R)
              SGX)", n.d., <

              Arm, "Arm TrustZone Technology", n.d.,

Authors' Addresses

   Mingliang Pei

   Hannes Tschofenig
   Arm Limited

   Dave Thaler

   David Wheeler

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