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STM32MP13 RNG internal peripheral
1 Article purpose
The purpose of this article is to:
- briefly introduce the RNG peripheral and its main features
- indicate the level of security supported by this hardware block
- explain how each instance can be allocated to the runtime contexts and linked to the corresponding software components
- explain how to configure the RNG peripheral.
2 Peripheral overview
The RNG peripheral is used to provide 32-bit random numbers.
Refer to STM32MP13 reference manuals for the complete list of features, and to the software components, introduced below, to know which features are really implemented.
2.2 Security support
RNG is a secure peripheral (under ETZPC control).
3 Peripheral usage and associated software
3.1 Boot time
RNG instance is used to seed the DPA peripherals which are connected over the interval RNG Bus: SAES and PKA. It is also used to generate random numbers required for secure boot processing such as key generation for DDRMCE encryption key.
RNG instances can be allocated to:
- the Arm® Cortex®-A7 secure core to be controlled in OP-TEE with OP-TEE RNG driver
- the Arm® Cortex®-A7 non-secure core to be controlled in Linux® by the Linux hardware random framework
Chapter #Peripheral assignment exposes which instance can be assigned to which context.
3.2.2 Software frameworks
|Security||RNG||OP-TEE RNG driver||Linux hardware random framework|
3.2.3 Peripheral configuration
The configuration is applied by the firmware running in the context to which the peripheral is assigned. The configuration can be done alone via the STM32CubeMX tool for all internal peripherals, and then manually completed (particularly for external peripherals), according to the information given in the corresponding software framework article.
3.2.4 Peripheral assignment
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Check boxes illustrate the possible peripheral allocations supported by STM32 MPU Embedded Software:
- ☐ means that the peripheral can be assigned (☑) to the given runtime context.
- ⬚ means that the peripheral can be assigned to the given runtime context, but this configuration is not supported in STM32 MPU Embedded Software distribution.
- ✓ is used for system peripherals that cannot be unchecked because they are statically connected in the device.
Refer to How to assign an internal peripheral to a runtime context for more information on how to assign peripherals manually or via STM32CubeMX.
The present chapter describes STMicroelectronics recommendations or choice of implementation. Additional possiblities might be described in STM32MP13 reference manuals.
|Security||RNG||RNG||☐||☐||Assignment (single choice)|
4 How to go further