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Version information

  • 3.5.1 (latest)
  • 3.5.0
  • 3.4.0
  • 3.3.1
  • 3.3.0
  • 3.2.1
  • 3.2.0
  • 3.1.1
  • 3.1.0
  • 1.2.1
  • 1.1.0
  • 1.0.1
  • 1.0.0
  • 0.2.0
  • 0.1.0
released Oct 18th 2023
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 2023.7.x, 2023.6.x, 2023.5.x, 2023.4.x, 2023.3.x, 2023.2.x, 2023.1.x, 2023.0.x, 2021.7.x, 2021.6.x, 2021.5.x, 2021.4.x, 2021.3.x, 2021.2.x, 2021.1.x, 2021.0.x
  • Puppet >= 7.0.0 < 9.0.0
  • ,

Start using this module

  • r10k or Code Manager
  • Bolt
  • Manual installation
  • Direct download

Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'simp-tpm', '3.5.1'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

bolt module add simp-tpm
Learn more about using this module with an existing project

Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install simp-tpm --version 3.5.1

Direct download is not typically how you would use a Puppet module to manage your infrastructure, but you may want to download the module in order to inspect the code.



simp/tpm — version 3.5.1 Oct 18th 2023

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Table of Contents

  1. Description
  2. Setup - The basics of getting started with tpm
  3. Usage - Configuration options and additional functionality
  4. Reference - An under-the-hood peek at what the module is doing and how
  5. Limitations - OS compatibility, etc.
  6. Development - Guide for contributing to the module


This module manages TPM, including taking ownership. You must take ownership of a TPM to load and unload certs, use it as a PKCS #11 interface, or to use SecureBoot.

The TPM ecosystem has been designed to be difficult to automate. The difficulty has shown many downsides of using a tool like this module to manage your TPM device. For example, simply reading the TPM's public key after taking ownership of the device requires the owner password to be typed in at the command line. This is an intentional feature to encourage admins to be physically present at the machine with the device. To get around this, the provider included in this module and the advanced facts use Ruby's expect library to interact with the command line. This module also drops the owner password in the Puppet $vardir to make interacting with trousers in facts possible.

This is a SIMP module

This module is a component of the System Integrity Management Platform, a compliance-management framework built on Puppet.

If you find any issues, they may be submitted to our bug tracker.

This module is optimally designed for use within a larger SIMP ecosystem, but it can be used independently:

  • When included within the SIMP ecosystem, security compliance settings will be managed from the Puppet server.
  • If used independently, all SIMP-managed security subsystems are disabled by default and must be explicitly opted into by administrators. Please review the $client_nets, $enable_* and $use_* parameters in manifests/init.pp for details.


What tpm affects


This module can take ownership of your TPM. This could be a destructive process and is not easily reversed. For that reason, the provider does not support clearing a TPM.

This module will:

  • Install tpm-tools and trousers
  • Enable the tcsd service
  • (OPTIONAL) Take ownership of the TPM
    • The password will be in a flat file in $vardir/simp
  • (OPTIONAL) Install tboot, create policy, and add grub entry

Setup Requirements

In order to use this module or a TPM in general, you must do the following:

  1. Enable the TPM in BIOS
  2. Set a user/admin BIOS password
  3. Be able to type in the user/admin password at boot time, every boot

Beginning with the TPM module


Using the 'well-known' SRK password is not recommended for actual use, but it is required for both Intel TXT (Trusted Boot) and the PKCS#11 interface. If you aren't using either of those technologies, please use a real password.

Include the TPM class and set the passwords in hiera. If either of the passwords are the string 'well-known', then the well known option will be added to the tpm_takeownership command used to take ownership of the TPM:

  - tpm

tpm::take_ownership: true
tpm::ownership::advanced_facts: true

tpm::ownership::owner_pass: 'twentycharacters0000'
tpm::ownership::srk_pass: 'well-known'

To enable the PKCS#11 interface, add the tpm::pkcs11 class to your node and set the PINs in hiera:

  - tpm::pkcs11

tpm::pkcs11::so_pin: '12345678'
tpm::pkcs11::user_pin: '87654321'

To start with Trusted Boot follow the directions below carefully.



The type and provider for tpm ownership provided in this module can be used as follows:

tpm_ownership { 'tpm0':
  ensure         => present,
  owner_pass     => 'well-known',
  srk_pass       => 'well-known',
  advanced_facts => true


The PKCS#11 slot type and provider can be enabled as follows:

tpmtoken { 'TPM PKCS#11 token':
  ensure   => present,
  so_pin   => '12345678',
  user_pin => '87654321'

Trusted Boot

This module supports versions of tboot 1.9.6 and later. This module only supports grub2.

Known Errors

There are known errors in tboot v1.9.6 and the creation of the LCP and VLP fail with memory errors. This was fixed in tboot v1.9.7.

By default policy creation is disabled because as of Sept 06, 2018 tboot v1.9.6 is the version delivered with RedHat 7.5. If you want to compile tboot yourself the source can be obtained from the sourceforge:

In order to check if tboot version is > 1.9.6 and policy is not true it needs to do two passes because the fact for the version is executed before the module installs tboot.

To avoid this the tboot version can be set in hiera:

tpm::tboot::tboot_version: "1.9.6"

Setting up trusted boot

To set up trusted boot on a system do the following:

  1. Make sure the TPM owner password is 20 characters long and the SRK password is 'well-known', equivalent to tpm_takeownership -z
  2. Download the appropriate SINIT for your platform from the Intel website
  3. Extract the zip and put it on a webserver somewhere or in a profile module.
  4. Set the following data in hiera:
tpm::tboot::sinit_name: 2nd_gen_i5_i7_SINIT_51.BIN # the appropriate BIN
tpm::tboot::sinit_source: 'puppet:///profiles/2nd_gen_i5_i7_SINIT_51.BIN' # where ever you choose to stash this
tpm::tboot::owner_password: "%{alias('tpm::ownership::owner_pass')}"
tpm::ownership::owner_pass: "whatever your password is"
# If you are using version 1.9.7 or later and want the LCP and VLP updated:
tpm::tboot::create_policy: true
# To avoid puppet having to do 2 passes to determine what version of tboot is installed
# you can set the version of tboot.
tpm::tboot::tboot_version: "1.9.6"
  1. Include the tpm::tboot class:
  - tpm
  - tpm::tboot
  1. Run puppet (run it twice if you have not set the tboot version). Reboot and select the tboot option from the menu.
  2. Check the tboot fact for a measured launch: puppet facts | grep measured_launch or just run txt-stat

Removing other options from the boot menu

If only the tboot menu option should be available to users then set the following in hiera:

tpm::tboot::purge_boot_entries: true

This removes the execute permissions from the /etc/grub.d/10_linux file. If you decide to remove tboot later, these permissions will need to be set back to executable and the grub2-mkconfig run again.

Locking the kernel

The tpm::tboot class will use the yum::versionlock define from the voxpupuli/yum module to make sure the version of the kernel that the tboot policy was created with doesn't get upgraded without the user knowing. To disable this, set the tpm::tboot::lock_kernel_packages parameter to false.

This module does provide a script to upgrade the policy, though it shouldn't be run from Puppet. To update your verified launch policy, do the following steps:

  1. yum update kernel
  2. grub2-mkconfig -o /etc/grub2.cfg
  3. sh /root/txt/txt/ <owner password>

And reboot!


See for API details.


SIMP Puppet modules are generally intended for use on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and compatible distributions, such as CentOS. Please see the metadata.json file for the most up-to-date list of supported operating systems, Puppet versions, and module dependencies.

This module does not support clearing a previously owned TPM.


Please read our Contribution Guide

Acceptance tests

TODO: There are currently no acceptance tests. We would need to use a virtual TPM to ensure test system stability, and it requires quite a few patches to libvirt, associated emulation software, Beaker, and Vagrant before acceptance tests for this module become feasible. Read our progress so far on the issue.