Category: Software Debug and Trace – Intel

The news is out! Intel today announced its Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family, codenamed Purley or Skylake-EP. ASSET of course has supported this silicon since its earliest beginnings, with the SourcePoint and ScanWorks Embedded Diagnostics products. Read the full press release here: ASSET releases new benchtop and remote debugging applications for Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family.
In two previous articles, I looked at the JTAG access port from a security perspective, and considered what exposure the choice of BMC operating system might have on a platform supporting At-Scale Debug. Now, let’s consider the root of all trust, the silicon itself, and see what options exist for locking it down.
Given that they are network-accessible, BMCs present an attack surface. Which operating systems are hardened enough to be secure against malicious actors?
Security through obscurity is not a meaningful means to mitigate malevolent attacks. With the greater forensics capabilities offered by At-Scale Debug (ASD), how are platforms protected?
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