Key and ID Attestation

Keystore provides a more secure place to create, store, and use cryptographic keys in a controlled way. When hardware-backed key storage is available and used, key material is more secure against extraction from the device, and Keymaster enforces restrictions that are difficult to subvert.

This is only true, however, if the keystore keys are known to be in hardware-backed storage. In Keymaster 1, there was no way for apps or remote servers to reliably verify if this was the case. The keystore daemon loaded the available keymaster HAL and believed whatever the HAL said with respect to hardware backing of keys.

To remedy this, Keymaster introduced key attestation in Android 7.0 (Keymaster 2) and ID attestation in Android 8.0 (Keymaster 3).

Key attestation aims to provide a way to strongly determine if an asymmetric key pair is hardware-backed, what the properties of the key are, and what constraints are applied to its usage.

ID attestation allows the device to provide proof of its hardware identifiers, such as serial number or IMEI.

To support Keymaster 3's transition from the old-style C-structure HAL to the C++ HAL interface generated from a definition in the new Hardware Interface Definition Language (HIDL), tag and method names have changed in Android 8.0. Tags, like all other keymaster enums, are now defined as C++ scoped enums. For example, tags, formerly prefixed with KM_TAG_, are now prefixed with Tag:: and methods are in camel case. The examples below use Keymaster 3 terms, unless specified otherwise.

Key attestation

To support key attestation, Android 7.1 introduced a set of tags, type, and method to the HAL.




Keymaster 2 and below

typedef struct {
    keymaster_blob_t* entries;
    size_t entry_count;
} keymaster_cert_chain_t;

AttestKey method

Keymaster 3

    attestKey(vec<uint8_t> keyToAttest, vec<KeyParameter> attestParams)
        generates(ErrorCode error, vec<vec<uint8_t>> certChain);

Keymaster 2 and below

keymaster_error_t (*attest_key)(const struct keymaster2_device* dev,
        const keymaster_key_blob_t* key_to_attest,
        const keymaster_key_param_set_t* attest_params,
        keymaster_cert_chain_t* cert_chain);
  • dev is the keymaster device structure.
  • keyToAttest is the key blob returned from generateKey for which the attestation will be created.
  • attestParams is a list of any parameters necessary for attestation. This includes Tag::ATTESTATION_CHALLENGE and possibly Tag::RESET_SINCE_ID_ROTATION, as well as Tag::APPLICATION_ID and Tag::APPLICATION_DATA. The latter two are necessary to decrypt the key blob if they were specified during key generation.
  • certChain is the output parameter, which returns an array of certificates. Entry 0 is the attestation certificate, meaning it certifies the key from keyToAttest and contains the attestation extension.

The attestKey method is considered a public key operation on the attested key, because it can be called at any time and doesn't need to meet authorization constraints. For example, if the attested key needs user authentication for use, an attestation can be generated without user authentication.

Attestation certificate

The attestation certificate is a standard X.509 certificate, with an optional attestation extension that contains a description of the attested key. The certificate is signed with a factory-provisioned attestation key that uses the same algorithm as the key being attested (RSA for RSA, EC for EC).

The attestation certificate contains the fields in the table below and can't contain any additional fields. Some fields specify a fixed field value. CTS tests validate that the certificate content is exactly as defined.

Certificate SEQUENCE

Field name (see RFC 5280) Value
tbsCertificate TBSCertificate SEQUENCE
signatureAlgorithm AlgorithmIdentifier of algorithm used to sign key:
ECDSA for EC keys, RSA for RSA keys.
signatureValue BIT STRING, signature computed on ASN.1 DER-encoded tbsCertificate.


Field name (see RFC 5280) Value
version INTEGER 2 (means v3 certificate)
serialNumber INTEGER 1 (fixed value: same on all certs)
signature AlgorithmIdentifier of algorithm used to sign key: ECDSA for EC keys, RSA for RSA keys.
issuer Same as the subject field of the batch attestation key.
validity SEQUENCE of two dates, containing the values of Tag::ACTIVE_DATETIME and Tag::USAGE_EXPIRE_DATETIME. Those values are in milliseconds since Jan 1, 1970. See RFC 5280 for correct date representations in certificates.
If Tag::ACTIVE_DATETIME is not present, use the value of Tag::CREATION_DATETIME. If Tag::USAGE_EXPIRE_DATETIME is not present, use the expiration date of the batch attestation key certificate.
subject CN = "Android Keystore Key" (fixed value: same on all certs)
subjectPublicKeyInfo SubjectPublicKeyInfo containing attested public key.
extensions/Key Usage digitalSignature: set if key has purpose KeyPurpose::SIGN or KeyPurpose::VERIFY. All other bits unset.
extensions/CRL Distribution Points Value TBD
extensions/"attestation" The OID is; the content is defined in the Attestation Extension section below. As with all X.509 certificate extensions, the content is represented as an OCTET_STRING containing a DER encoding of the attestation SEQUENCE.

Attestation extension

The attestation extension contains a complete description of the keymaster authorizations associated with the key, in a structure that directly corresponds to the authorization lists as used in Android and the keymaster HAL. Each tag in an authorization list is represented by an ASN.1 SEQUENCE entry, explicitly tagged with the keymaster tag number, but with the type descriptor (four high order bits) masked out.

For example, in Keymaster 3, Tag::PURPOSE is defined in types.hal as ENUM_REP | 1. For the attestation extension, the ENUM_REP value is removed, leaving tag 1. (For Keymaster 2 and below, KM_TAG_PURPOSE is defined in keymaster_defs.h.)

Values are translated in a straightforward way to ASN.1 types, per this table:

Keymaster type ASN.1 type
DATE INTEGER (milliseconds since Jan 1, 1970 00:00:00 GMT)
BOOL NULL (in keymaster, tag present means true, absent means false.
The same semantics apply to the ASN.1 encoding)
BIGNUM Not presently used, so no mapping is defined

Note: Some tags are omitted from the schema and should not be included in attestations. For example, the values of Tag::USER_ID and Tag::SECURE_USER_ID have no meaning off-device, and Tag::MIN_MAC_LENGTH and Tag::CALLER_NONCE are useless with asymmetric keys.


The attestation extension content is described by the following ASN.1 schema. This example also includes Keymaster 3 updates to include ID attestation features, which are in bold with comments.

KeyDescription ::= SEQUENCE {
  attestationVersion         INTEGER, # KM2 value is 1. KM3 value is 2.
  attestationSecurityLevel   SecurityLevel,
  keymasterVersion           INTEGER,
  keymasterSecurityLevel     SecurityLevel,
  attestationChallenge       OCTET_STRING,
  uniqueId                   OCTET_STRING,
  softwareEnforced           AuthorizationList,
  teeEnforced                AuthorizationList,

SecurityLevel ::= ENUMERATED {
  Software                   (0),
  TrustedEnvironment         (1),
AuthorizationList ::= SEQUENCE {
  purpose                    [1] EXPLICIT SET OF INTEGER OPTIONAL,
  algorithm                  [2] EXPLICIT INTEGER OPTIONAL,
  keySize                    [3] EXPLICIT INTEGER OPTIONAL.
  digest                     [5] EXPLICIT SET OF INTEGER OPTIONAL,
  padding                    [6] EXPLICIT SET OF INTEGER OPTIONAL,
  ecCurve                    [10] EXPLICIT INTEGER OPTIONAL,
  rsaPublicExponent          [200] EXPLICIT INTEGER OPTIONAL,
  activeDateTime             [400] EXPLICIT INTEGER OPTIONAL
  originationExpireDateTime  [401] EXPLICIT INTEGER OPTIONAL
  usageExpireDateTime        [402] EXPLICIT INTEGER OPTIONAL
  noAuthRequired             [503] EXPLICIT NULL OPTIONAL,
  userAuthType               [504] EXPLICIT INTEGER OPTIONAL,
  authTimeout                [505] EXPLICIT INTEGER OPTIONAL,
  allowWhileOnBody           [506] EXPLICIT NULL OPTIONAL,
  allApplications            [600] EXPLICIT NULL OPTIONAL,
  applicationId              [601] EXPLICIT OCTET_STRING OPTIONAL,
  creationDateTime           [701] EXPLICIT INTEGER OPTIONAL,
  origin                     [702] EXPLICIT INTEGER OPTIONAL,
  rollbackResistant          [703] EXPLICIT NULL OPTIONAL,
  rootOfTrust                [704] EXPLICIT RootOfTrust OPTIONAL,
  osVersion                  [705] EXPLICIT INTEGER OPTIONAL,
  osPatchLevel               [706] EXPLICIT INTEGER OPTIONAL,
  attestationApplicationId   [709] EXPLICIT OCTET_STRING OPTIONAL, # KM3
  attestationIdBrand         [710] EXPLICIT OCTET_STRING OPTIONAL, # KM3
  attestationIdDevice        [711] EXPLICIT OCTET_STRING OPTIONAL, # KM3
  attestationIdProduct       [712] EXPLICIT OCTET_STRING OPTIONAL, # KM3
  attestationIdSerial        [713] EXPLICIT OCTET_STRING OPTIONAL, # KM3
  attestationIdImei          [714] EXPLICIT OCTET_STRING OPTIONAL, # KM3
  attestationIdMeid          [715] EXPLICIT OCTET_STRING OPTIONAL, # KM3
  attestationIdManufacturer  [716] EXPLICIT OCTET_STRING OPTIONAL, # KM3
  attestationIdModel         [717] EXPLICIT OCTET_STRING OPTIONAL, # KM3
RootOfTrust ::= SEQUENCE {
  verifiedBootKey            OCTET_STRING,
  deviceLocked               BOOLEAN,
  verifiedBootState          VerifiedBootState,

VerifiedBootState ::= ENUMERATED {
  Verified                   (0),
  SelfSigned                 (1),
  Unverified                 (2),
  Failed                     (3),

KeyDescription fields

The keymasterVersion and attestationChallenge fields are identified positionally, rather than by tag, so the tags in the encoded form only specify field type. The remaining fields are implicitly tagged as specified in the schema.

Field name Type Value
attestationVersion INTEGER 1
attestationSecurity SecurityLevel The security level of this attestation. It is possible to get software attestations of hardware-backed keys. Such attestations cannot be trusted if the Android system is compromised.
keymasterVersion INTEGER Version of keymaster device, 0, 1, or 2.
keymasterSecurity SecurityLevel The security level of the keymaster implementation.
attestationChallenge OCTET_STRING Value of Tag::ATTESTATION_CHALLENGE, specified to attestation request.
uniqueId OCTET_STRING Optional unique ID, present if key has Tag::INCLUDE_UNIQUE_ID
softwareEnforced AuthorizationList Optional, keymaster authorizations that are not enforced by the TEE, if any.
teeEnforced AuthorizationList Optional, Keymaster authorizations that are enforced by the TEE, if any.

AuthorizationList fields

AuthorizationList fields are all optional and are identified by keymaster tag value, with the type bits masked out. Explicit tagging is used so the fields also contain a tag indicating their ASN.1 type, for easier parsing.

For details on each field's values, see types.hal for Keymaster 3 and keymaster_defs.h for Keymaster 2 and below. Keymaster tag names were transformed into field names by omitting the KM_TAG prefix and changing the remainder to camel case, so Tag::KEY_SIZE became keySize.

Note: Many tags from types.hal and keymaster_defs.h are not included in the schema. Some tags are not applicable to asymmetric keys, some have no meaning off-device, etc.

RootOfTrust fields

The RootOfTrust Fields are identified positionally.

Field name Type Value
verifiedBootKey OCTET_STRING A secure hash of the key used to verify the system image. SHA-256 recommended.
deviceLocked BOOLEAN True if the bootloader is locked, which means that only signed images can be flashed, and that verified boot checking is done.
verifiedBootState VerifiedBootState State of verified boot.
osVersion INTEGER The current version of the OS, as an integer in the format MMmmss, where MM is a two-digit major version number, mm is a two-digit minor version number, and ss is a two-digit sub-minor version number. For example, version 6.0.1 would be represented as 060001
patchMonthYear INTEGER The month and year of the last patch, as an integer in the format YYYYMM, where YYYY is a four-digit year and MM is a two-digit month. For example, April 2016 would be represented as 201604.

VerifiedBootState values

The values of verifiedBootState have the following meanings:

Value Meaning
Verified Indicates a full chain of trust extending from the bootloader to verified partitions, including the bootloader, boot partition, and all verified partitions.
In this state, the verifiedBootKey value is the hash of the embedded certificate, meaning the unchangeable certificate burned into ROM.
SelfSigned Indicates the boot partition has been verified using the embedded certificate, and the signature is valid. The bootloader displays a warning and the fingerprint of the public key before allowing the boot process to continue.
In this state, the verifiedBootKey value is the hash of the self-signing certificate.
Unverified Indicates a device may be freely modified. Device integrity is left to the user to verify out-of-band. The bootloader displays a warning to the user before allowing the boot process to continue.
In this state the verifiedBootKey value is empty.
Failed Indicates the device has failed verification. No attestation certificate actually contains this value, because in this state the bootloader halts. It's included here for completeness.

SecurityLevel values

The values of securityLevel have the following meanings:

Value Meaning
Software The code that creates or manages the relevant element (attestation or key) is implemented in the Android system and could be altered if that system is compromised.
TrustedEnvironment The code that creates or manages the relevant element (attestation or key) is implemented in a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). It could be altered if the TEE is compromised, but the TEE is highly resistant to remote compromise and moderately resistant to compromise by direct hardware attack.

Unique ID

The Unique ID is a 128-bit value that identifies the device, but only for a limited period of time. The value is computed with:

HMAC_SHA256(T || C || R, HBK)


  • T is the "temporal counter value", computed by dividing the value of Tag::CREATION_DATETIME by 2592000000, dropping any remainder. T changes every 30 days (2592000000 = 30 * 24 * 60 * 60 * 1000).
  • C is the value of Tag::APPLICATION_ID
  • R is 1 if Tag::RESET_SINCE_ID_ROTATION is present in the attest_params parameter to the attest_key call, or 0 if the tag is not present.
  • HBK is a unique hardware-bound secret known to the Trusted Execution Environment and never revealed by it. The secret contains at least 128 bits of entropy and is unique to the individual device (probabilistic uniqueness is acceptable given the 128 bits of entropy). HBK should be derived from fused key material via HMAC or AES_CMAC.

Truncate the HMAC_SHA256 output to 128 bits.

Attestation keys and certificates

Two keys, one RSA and one ECDSA, and the corresponding certificate chains, are securely provisioned into the device.

ID attestation

Android 8.0 includes optional support for ID attestation for devices with Keymaster 3. ID attestation allows the device to provide proof of its hardware identifiers, such as serial number or IMEI. Although an optional feature, it is highly recommended that all Keymaster 3 implementations provide support for it because being able to prove the device's identity enables use cases such as true zero-touch remote configuration to be more secure (because the remote side can be certain it is talking to the right device, not a device spoofing its identity).

ID attestation works by creating copies of the device's hardware identifiers that only the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) can access before the device leaves the factory. A user may unlock the device's bootloader and change the system software and the identifiers reported by the Android frameworks. The copies of the identifiers held by the TEE cannot be manipulated in this way, ensuring that device ID attestation will only ever attest to the device's original hardware identifiers thereby thwarting spoofing attempts.

The main API surface for ID attestation builds on top of the existing key attestation mechanism introduced with Keymaster 2. When requesting an attestation certificate for a key held by keymaster, the caller may request that the device's hardware identifiers be included in the attestation certificate's metadata. If the key is held in the TEE, the certificate will chain back to a known root of trust. The recipient of such a certificate can verify that the certificate and its contents, including the hardware identifiers, were written by the TEE. When asked to include hardware identifiers in the attestation certificate, the TEE attests only to the identifiers held in its storage, as populated on the factory floor.

Storage properties

The storage that holds the device's identifiers needs to have these properties:

  • The values derived from the device's original identifiers are copied to the storage before the device leaves the factory.
  • The destroyAttestationIds() method can permanently destroy this copy of the identifier-derived data. Permanent destruction means the data is completely removed so neither a factory reset nor any other procedure performed on the device can restore it. This is especially important for devices where a user has unlocked the bootloader and changed the system software and modified the identifiers returned by Android frameworks.
  • RMA facilities should have the ability to generate fresh copies of the hardware identifier-derived data. This way, a device that passes through RMA can perform ID attestation again. The mechanism used by RMA facilities must be protected so that users cannot invoke it themselves, as that would allow them to obtain attestations of spoofed IDs.
  • No code other than Keymaster trusted app in the TEE is able to read the identifier-derived data kept in the storage.
  • The storage is tamper-evident: If the content of the storage has been modified, the TEE treats it the same as if the copies of the content had been destroyed and refuses all ID attestation attempts. This is implemented by signing or MACing the storage as described below.
  • The storage does not hold the original identifiers. Because ID attestation involves a challenge, the caller always supplies the identifiers to be attested. The TEE only needs to verify that these match the values they originally had. Storing secure hashes of the original values rather than the values enables this verification.


To create an implementation that has the properties listed above, store the ID-derived values in the following construction S. Do not store other copies of the ID values, excepting the normal places in the system, which a device owner may modify by rooting:

S = D || HMAC(HBK, D)


  • D = HMAC(HBK, ID1) || HMAC(HBK, ID2) || ... || HMAC(HBK, IDn)
  • HMAC is the HMAC construction with an appropriate secure hash (SHA-256 recommended)
  • HBK is a hardware-bound key not used for any other purpose
  • ID1...IDn are the original ID values; association of a particular value to a particular index is implementation-dependent, as different devices will have different numbers of identifiers
  • || represents concatenation

Because the HMAC outputs are fixed size, no headers or other structure are required to be able to find individual ID hashes, or the HMAC of D. In addition to checking provided values to perform attestation, implementations need to validate S by extracting D from S, computing HMAC(HBK, D) and comparing it to the value in S to verify that no individual IDs were modified/corrupted. Also, implementations must use constant-time comparisons for all individual ID elements and the validation of S. Comparison time must be constant regardless of the number of IDs provided and the correct matching of any part of the test.

Hardware identifiers

ID attestation supports the following hardware identifiers:

  1. Brand name, as returned by Build.BRAND in Android
  2. Device name, as returned by Build.DEVICE in Android
  3. Product name, as returned by Build.PRODUCT in Android
  4. Manufacturer name, as returned by Build.MANUFACTURER in Android
  5. Model name, as returned by Build.MODEL in Android
  6. Serial number
  7. IMEIs of all radios
  8. MEIDs of all radios

To support device ID attestation, a device attests to these identifiers. All devices running Android have the first six and they are necessary for this feature to work. If the device has any radios, it needs to support attestation for the IMEIs and/or MEIDs of the radios, too.

ID attestation is requested by performing a key attestation and including the device identifiers to attest in the request. The identifiers are tagged as:


The identifier to attest is a UTF-8 encoded byte string. This format applies to numerical identifiers, as well. Each identifier to attest is expressed as a UTF-8 encoded string.

If the device does not support ID attestation (or destroyAttestationIds() was previously called and the device can no longer attest its IDs), any key attestation request that includes one or more of these tags fails with ErrorCode::CANNOT_ATTEST_IDS.

If the device supports ID attestation and one or more of the above tags have been included in a key attestation request, the TEE verifies the identifier supplied with each of the tags matches its copy of the hardware identifiers. If one or more identifiers do not match, the entire attestation fails with ErrorCode::CANNOT_ATTEST_IDS. It is valid for the same tag to be supplied multiple times. This can be useful, for example, when attesting IMEIs: A device may have multiple radios with multiple IMEIs. An attestation request is valid if the value supplied with each ATTESTATION_ID_IMEI matches one of the device's radios. The same applies to all other tags.

If attestation is successful, the attested IDs is added to the attestation extension (OID of the issued attestation certificate, using the schema from above. Changes from the Keymaster 2 attestation schema are bolded, with comments.

Java API

This section is informational only. Keymaster implementers neither implement nor use the Java API. This is provided to help implementers understand how the feature is used by applications. System components may use it differently, which is why it's crucial this section not be treated as normative.