tpm Plugin


The tpm plugin for libtpmtss allows to access persistent RSA and ECDSA private keys bound to a TPM 2.0. Optionally, the TPM 2.0 can be enabled as a true random number source.

Keys bound to a TPM 2.0 can only be used with IKEv2, because IKEv1’s legacy signature schemes are not supported.

The plugin is disabled by default and can be enabled with the ./configure option



The tpm plugin is configured using the following options in the charon.plugins.tpm section of strongswan.conf:

Key Default Description


Handle of the RSA or ECC Endorsement Key (EK) to be used to set up an authenticated session with a TPM 2.0 (e.g. 0x81010001)



Is the TPM 2.0 FIPS-186-4 compliant, which forces e.g. the use of the default salt length instead of maximum salt length with RSA-PSS padding


Name of TPM 2.0 TCTI library. Valid values: device, tabrmd or mssim. Defaults are device if the /dev/tpmrm0 in-kernel TPM 2.0 resource manager device exists and tabrmd otherwise, requiring the D-Bus based TPM 2.0 access broker and resource manager to be available. [device|tabrmd]



Options for the TPM 2.0 TCTI library. Defaults are /dev/tpmrm0 if the TCTI library name is device and no options otherwise. [/dev/tpmrm0| ]



Whether the TPM 2.0 should be used as RNG. For security reasons enable only if an authenticated session can be set up (see ek_handle option)