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CONFIG_INTEL_TXT: Enable Intel(R) Trusted Execution Technology (Intel(R) TXT)

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The Linux kernel configuration item CONFIG_INTEL_TXT:

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This option enables support for booting the kernel with the Trusted Boot (tboot) module. This will utilize Intel(R) Trusted Execution Technology to perform a measured launch of the kernel. If the system does not support Intel(R) TXT, this will have no effect.

Intel TXT will provide higher assurance of system configuration and initial state as well as data reset protection. This is used to create a robust initial kernel measurement and verification, which helps to ensure that kernel security mechanisms are functioning correctly. This level of protection requires a root of trust outside of the kernel itself.

Intel TXT also helps solve real end user concerns about having confidence that their hardware is running the VMM or kernel that it was configured with, especially since they may be responsible for providing such assurances to VMs and services running on it.

See http://www.intel.com/technology/security/ for more information about Intel(R) TXT. See http://tboot.sourceforge.net for more information about tboot. See Documentation/intel_txt.txt for a description of how to enable Intel TXT support in a kernel boot.

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