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ARMing the trusted platform module pro-active system integrity monitoring focussing on peer system notification

: Maybaum, M.; Toelle, J.


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-:
IEEE Military Communications Conference, MILCOM 2015 : 26-28 October 2015, Tampa, Florida
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-5090-0073-9
Military Communications Conference (MILCOM) <34, 2015, Tampa/Fla.>
Fraunhofer FKIE ()

The concept of Trusted Computing offers a hardware platform based on which the integrity of IT systems is verified using a structured file-based signature hierarchy of all executable system components - from BIOS boot up to the execution of any user application. Current implementations detect integrity breaches at firmware and at file level so that suitable counter measures on a Trusted Computing system may be taken in almost real-time. This information - so far - either remains stored locally or in best case is forwarded at application layer leaving enough time for a smart malware to infect a peering system or to compromise application level communication. This paper introduces a new pro-active concept of integrity monitoring and reporting using the Trusted Platform Module to supervise the integrity of a system focusing on incident reporting to peering systems at link layer. For this concept we suggest the enhancement of the Trusted Platform Module by a new Attack Recognition Module to monitor a system in real time and to reliably notify peering systems about any integrity breach detected.