Category: Arium Probes | SourcePoint™

System Management Mode (SMM) is an x86 operating mode in which all normal execution, including the operating system, is suspended. SMM is of interest to cybersecurity specialists (black hat and white hat) because it can also be abused to run high-privileged rootkits. This week, I decided to use SourcePoint to explore some of its mysteries.
Moving run-control (Intel In-Target Probe, or ITP) down into the service processor on an x86 design results in a screamingly fast, scalable implementation of at-scale debug. This article contains some timing benchmarks of our embedded solution versus alternatives. The results are nothing short of astonishing.
For those who may have missed it, I've been blogging about my experiences with the MinnowBoard Turbot for the last 15 months. Now, finally, all the blogs have been combined into a 138-page compendium of my learnings about x86 architecture, UEFI, Yocto Linux, and many other technical topics. Check it out at The MinnowBoard Chronicles (note: requires registration).