Set up remote attestation

GrapheneOS has created an Auditor app, as well as a Remote Attestation service, which "use hardware-based security features to validate the identity of a device along with authenticity and integrity of the operating system. See the About page for additional details.

Robotnix patches the Auditor app and Remote Attestation service to allow for using the user-created keys. This makes the app (and also the Android build itself) depend on information derived from the device signing key(s). The current code in robotnix only works with a single custom device type. E.g. the attestation service cannot handle robotnix-customized versions of both crosshatch and sunfish. Future improvements may allow the Auditor app and attestation service to work with multiple custom robotnix devices.

Android side

  1. You can enable the Auditor app in the configuration:

      signing.enable = true;
      signing.keyStorePath = "/dev/shm/android-keys";
      apps = {
        auditor.enable = true;
        auditor.domain = "";

    You also need to have signing enabled during build time because the Auditor app needs to know its own signing key during build.

  2. That's it from the Android side. Note that the custom Auditor app will be named “Robotnix Auditor”. When you build GrapheneOS the normal Auditor app will still be there in case you'd like to.

Server side

  1. Before we begin we have to obtain the fingerprint of the custom Auditor app and the AVB fingerprint. To get the Auditor app fingerprint, we simply use OpenSSL to extract the fingerprint of the signing certificate:

    $ openssl x509 -noout -fingerprint -sha256 -in keys/auditor.x509.pem | awk -F '=' '{gsub(/:/,""); print $2}'

    The AVB fingerprint is a bit more tricky. I own a Pixel 4a (sunfish) and on this device the AVB fingerprint is simply the SHA256 hash of the AVB key, but this is not the case on other devices. Check the Auditor source code for details.

    $ sha256sum keys/sunfish/avb_pkmd.bin | awk '{print toupper($1)}'
  2. Now you can import robotnix in your NixOS configuration with the aforementioned fingerprints.

    { config, lib, pkgs, ... }:
      imports = [
        ((builtins.fetchTarball {
          name = "robotnix";
          # Replace the git revision and sha256 with ones referring to a recent commit
          url =
          sha256 = "1dihmdw5w891jq2fm7mcx30ydjjd33ggbb60898841x5pzjx6ynv";
        }) + "/nixos")
      services.attestation-server = {
        enable = true;
        domain = "";
        device = "sunfish";
        #disableAccountCreation = true; # optionally uncomment after creating your account
        #nginx.enableACME = true; # optionally uncomment if you want to use Let's Encrypt for HTTPS
  3. Register and optionally disable account creation. The start the “Robotnix Auditor” app on your phone and open the menu (three dots). Choose “Enable remote verification” and scan the QR code on your attestation server.

  4. The attestation server keeps its state in /var/lib/private/attestation. Make periodic backups!