[Python-Dev] Proposal : Python Trusted Computing API

Abhiram Kasina abhiram.casina at gmail.com
Mon Oct 19 08:29:01 CEST 2009


Trusted Computing (TC) is a technology developed and promoted by the Trusted
Computing Group (TCG)[3]. So, basically the group came up with these chips
called TPM chips which are present on most motherboards nowadays. The main
purpose of it is to enhance security so that infected executables don't run.
It also provides memory curtaining such that cryptographic keys won't be
accessible and many other features. There was a criticism on this from the
FOSS community as well that it enables DRM. No wonder, it is being pushed by
Intel, Microsoft, AMD, etc.. But personally I think its a good idea from
security point of view.

So, currently there is an TSS (TCG Software Stack)[1] API written in C. And
TrustedJava[2] is a project which ported it to Java and is going to be
included in the standard API of Java soon. They have 2 versions of it. One
is a simple wrapper on top of the API and the other is a whole
implementation of the stack in Java.

My proposal is we create an API for it in python.
*Reason*: I am a developer in Umit and I think Python is a very good
platform for developing applications. So, why not create an API which helps
in developing secure applications?

I would love to learn more and provide you with any more information. Please
let me know what you guys think of it?

Thanks in advance


[2] http://trustedjava.sourceforge.net/index.php?item=jtss/about
[3] http://www.trustedcomputinggroup.org/
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