Folks using theIoT Hub Device Provisioning Serviceto securely provision their devices are taking the opportunity to start using hardware security modules (HSM) to store the keys on their devices. Hardware security modules protect cryptographic keys and operations. HSMs provide high levels of protection against key compromise by device software and firmware bugs, and usually provide good protection against hardware attacks. Hardware-based security can reduce the risk of device cloning, can improve supply-chain security, and can bootstrap secure and reliable device enrollment using the Device Provisioning Service. Some of you might be new to using HSMs and are wondering exactly how the Device Provisioning Service validates a device’s identity, especially when using TPMs, and why it’s so secure. This post describes the identity attestation process when using a TPM.
TPM stands for Trusted Platform Module and is a type of HSM. This blog post assumes you’re using a discrete, firmware, or integrated TPM. Software emulated TPMs are well-suited for prototyping or testing, but they do not provide the same level of security as discrete, firmware, or integrated TPMs do. Please don’t use software TPMs in production.Learn moreabout the types of TPMs.