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.