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tpm2_policycommandcode - Man Page

Restrict TPM object authorization to specific TPM commands.


tpm2_policycommandcode [Options] [ARGUMENT]


tpm2_policycommandcode(1) - Restricts TPM object authorization to specific TPM commands. Useful when you want to allow only specific commands to interact with the TPM object.

As an argument it takes the command as an integer or friendly string value. Friendly string to COMMAND CODE mapping can be found in section Command Code Mappings.



Common Options

This collection of options are common to many programs and provide information that many users may expect.

TCTI Configuration

The TCTI or “Transmission Interface” is the communication mechanism with the TPM. TCTIs can be changed for communication with TPMs across different mediums.

To control the TCTI, the tools respect:

  1. The command line option -T or --tcti
  2. The environment variable: TPM2TOOLS_TCTI.

Note: The command line option always overrides the environment variable.

The current known TCTIs are:

The arguments to either the command line option or the environment variable are in the form:


Specifying an empty string for either the <tcti-name> or <tcti-option-config> results in the default being used for that portion respectively.

TCTI Defaults

When a TCTI is not specified, the default TCTI is searched for using dlopen(3) semantics. The tools will search for tabrmd, device and mssim TCTIs IN THAT ORDER and USE THE FIRST ONE FOUND. You can query what TCTI will be chosen as the default by using the -v option to print the version information. The “default-tcti” key-value pair will indicate which of the aforementioned TCTIs is the default.

Custom TCTIs

Any TCTI that implements the dynamic TCTI interface can be loaded. The tools internally use dlopen(3), and the raw tcti-name value is used for the lookup. Thus, this could be a path to the shared library, or a library name as understood by dlopen(3) semantics.

Tcti Options

This collection of options are used to configure the various known TCTI modules available:

Command Code Mappings

The friendly strings below can be used en lieu of the raw integer values.

-TPM2_CC_AC_GetCapability: 0x194 -TPM2_CC_AC_Send: 0x195 -TPM2_CC_ActivateCredential: 0x147 -TPM2_CC_Certify: 0x148 -TPM2_CC_CertifyCreation: 0x14a -TPM2_CC_ChangeEPS: 0x124 -TPM2_CC_ChangePPS: 0x125 -TPM2_CC_Clear: 0x126 -TPM2_CC_ClearControl: 0x127 -TPM2_CC_ClockRateAdjust: 0x130 -TPM2_CC_ClockSet: 0x128 -TPM2_CC_Commit: 0x18b -TPM2_CC_ContextLoad: 0x161 -TPM2_CC_ContextSave: 0x162 -TPM2_CC_Create: 0x153 -TPM2_CC_CreateLoaded: 0x191 -TPM2_CC_CreatePrimary: 0x131 -TPM2_CC_DictionaryAttackLockReset: 0x139 -TPM2_CC_DictionaryAttackParameters: 0x13a -TPM2_CC_Duplicate: 0x14b -TPM2_CC_ECC_Parameters: 0x178 -TPM2_CC_ECDH_KeyGen: 0x163 -TPM2_CC_ECDH_ZGen: 0x154 -TPM2_CC_EC_Ephemeral: 0x18e -TPM2_CC_EncryptDecrypt: 0x164 -TPM2_CC_EncryptDecrypt2: 0x193 -TPM2_CC_EventSequenceComplete: 0x185 -TPM2_CC_EvictControl: 0x120 -TPM2_CC_FieldUpgradeData: 0x141 -TPM2_CC_FieldUpgradeStart: 0x12f -TPM2_CC_FirmwareRead: 0x179 -TPM2_CC_FlushContext: 0x165 -TPM2_CC_GetCapability: 0x17a -TPM2_CC_GetCommandAuditDigest: 0x133 -TPM2_CC_GetRandom: 0x17b -TPM2_CC_GetSessionAuditDigest: 0x14d -TPM2_CC_GetTestResult: 0x17c -TPM2_CC_GetTime: 0x14c -TPM2_CC_Hash: 0x17d -TPM2_CC_HashSequenceStart: 0x186 -TPM2_CC_HierarchyChangeAuth: 0x129 -TPM2_CC_HierarchyControl: 0x121 -TPM2_CC_HMAC: 0x155 -TPM2_CC_HMAC_Start: 0x15b -TPM2_CC_Import: 0x156 -TPM2_CC_IncrementalSelfTest: 0x142 -TPM2_CC_Load: 0x157 -TPM2_CC_LoadExternal: 0x167 -TPM2_CC_MakeCredential: 0x168 -TPM2_CC_NV_Certify: 0x184 -TPM2_CC_NV_ChangeAuth: 0x13b -TPM2_CC_NV_DefineSpace: 0x12a -TPM2_CC_NV_Extend: 0x136 -TPM2_CC_NV_GlobalWriteLock: 0x132 -TPM2_CC_NV_Increment: 0x134 -TPM2_CC_NV_Read: 0x14e -TPM2_CC_NV_ReadLock: 0x14f -TPM2_CC_NV_ReadPublic: 0x169 -TPM2_CC_NV_SetBits: 0x135 -TPM2_CC_NV_UndefineSpace: 0x122 -TPM2_CC_NV_UndefineSpaceSpecial: 0x11f -TPM2_CC_NV_Write: 0x137 -TPM2_CC_NV_WriteLock: 0x138 -TPM2_CC_ObjectChangeAuth: 0x150 -TPM2_CC_PCR_Allocate: 0x12b -TPM2_CC_PCR_Event: 0x13c -TPM2_CC_PCR_Extend: 0x182 -TPM2_CC_PCR_Read: 0x17e -TPM2_CC_PCR_Reset: 0x13d -TPM2_CC_PCR_SetAuthPolicy: 0x12c -TPM2_CC_PCR_SetAuthValue: 0x183 -TPM2_CC_Policy_AC_SendSelect: 0x196 -TPM2_CC_PolicyAuthorize: 0x16a -TPM2_CC_PolicyAuthorizeNV: 0x192 -TPM2_CC_PolicyAuthValue: 0x16b -TPM2_CC_PolicyCommandCode: 0x16c -TPM2_CC_PolicyCounterTimer: 0x16d -TPM2_CC_PolicyCpHash: 0x16e -TPM2_CC_PolicyDuplicationSelect: 0x188 -TPM2_CC_PolicyGetDigest: 0x189 -TPM2_CC_PolicyLocality: 0x16f -TPM2_CC_PolicyNameHash: 0x170 -TPM2_CC_PolicyNV: 0x149 -TPM2_CC_PolicyNvWritten: 0x18f -TPM2_CC_PolicyOR: 0x171 -TPM2_CC_PolicyPassword: 0x18c -TPM2_CC_PolicyPCR: 0x17f -TPM2_CC_PolicyPhysicalPresence: 0x187 -TPM2_CC_PolicyRestart: 0x180 -TPM2_CC_PolicySecret: 0x151 -TPM2_CC_PolicySigned: 0x160 -TPM2_CC_PolicyTemplate: 0x190 -TPM2_CC_PolicyTicket: 0x172 -TPM2_CC_PP_Commands: 0x12d -TPM2_CC_Quote: 0x158 -TPM2_CC_ReadClock: 0x181 -TPM2_CC_ReadPublic: 0x173 -TPM2_CC_Rewrap: 0x152 -TPM2_CC_RSA_Decrypt: 0x159 -TPM2_CC_RSA_Encrypt: 0x174 -TPM2_CC_SelfTest: 0x143 -TPM2_CC_SequenceComplete: 0x13e -TPM2_CC_SequenceUpdate: 0x15c -TPM2_CC_SetAlgorithmSet: 0x13f -TPM2_CC_SetCommandCodeAuditStatus: 0x140 -TPM2_CC_SetPrimaryPolicy: 0x12e -TPM2_CC_Shutdown: 0x145 -TPM2_CC_Sign: 0x15d -TPM2_CC_StartAuthSession: 0x176 -TPM2_CC_Startup: 0x144 -TPM2_CC_StirRandom: 0x146 -TPM2_CC_TestParms: 0x18a -TPM2_CC_Unseal: 0x15e -TPM2_CC_Vendor_TCG_Test: 0x20000000 -TPM2_CC_VerifySignature: 0x177 -TPM2_CC_ZGen_2Phase: 0x18d


Start a policy session and extend it with a specific command like unseal. Attempts to perform other operations would fail.

Create an unseal-only policy

tpm2_startauthsession -S session.dat

tpm2_policycommandcode -S session.dat -L policy.dat TPM2_CC_Unseal

tpm2_flushcontext session.dat

Create the object with unseal-only auth policy

tpm2_createprimary -C o -c prim.ctx

tpm2_create -C prim.ctx -u sealkey.pub -r sealkey.priv -L policy.dat \
  -i- <<< "SEALED-SECRET"

Try unseal operation

tpm2_load -C prim.ctx -u sealkey.pub -r sealkey.priv -n sealkey.name \
  -c sealkey.ctx

tpm2_startauthsession --policy-session -S session.dat

tpm2_policycommandcode -S session.dat -L policy.dat TPM2_CC_Unseal

tpm2_unseal -p session:session.dat -c sealkey.ctx

tpm2_flushcontext session.dat

Try any other operation

echo "Encrypt Me" > plain.txt

tpm2_encryptdecrypt plain.txt -o enc.txt -c sealkey.ctx plain.txt
ERROR: Esys_EncryptDecrypt2(0x12F) - tpm:error(2.0): authValue or authPolicy is
not available for selected entity


Tools can return any of the following codes:


It expects a session to be already established via tpm2_startauthsession(1) and requires one of the following:

Without it, most resource managers will not save session state between command invocations.


Github Issues (https://github.com/tpm2-software/tpm2-tools/issues)


See the Mailing List (https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/mailman/listinfo/tpm2)


tpm2-tools General Commands Manual