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Building Secure Firmware

Armoring the Foundation of the Platform

Authors: YAO, Jiewen, Zimmer, Vincent

  • Provides insights from the inventors of many of the defenses
  • Shows you how to apply the best-known methods from the authors' years of platform deployment and standards work
  • Teaches you how to integrate real code mapping to theory
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About this book

Use this book to build secure firmware.
As operating systems and hypervisors have become successively more hardened, malware has moved further down the stack and into firmware. Firmware represents the boundary between hardware and software, and given its persistence, mutability, and opaqueness to today’s antivirus scanning technology, it represents an interesting target for attackers.

As platforms are universally network-connected and can contain multiple devices with firmware, and a global supply chain feeds into platform firmware, assurance is critical for consumers, IT enterprises, and governments. This importance is highlighted by emergent requirements such as NIST SP800-193 for firmware resilience and NIST SP800-155 for firmware measurement.

This book covers the secure implementation of various aspects of firmware, including standards-based firmware—such as support of the Trusted Computing Group (TCG), Desktop Management Task Force (DMTF), and Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) specifications—and also provides code samples and use cases. Beyond the standards, alternate firmware implementations such as ARM Trusted Firmware and other device firmware implementations (such as platform roots of trust), are covered.


What You Will Learn

  • Get an overview of proactive security development for firmware, including firmware threat modeling
  • Understand the details of architecture, including protection, detection, recovery, integrity measurement, and access control
  • Be familiar with best practices for secure firmware development, including trusted execution environments, cryptography, and language-based defenses
  • Know the techniques used for security validation and maintenance

Who This Book Is For

Given the complexity of modern platform boot requirements and the threat landscape, this book is relevant for readers spanning from IT decision makers to developers building firmware

About the authors

Jiewen Yao is a principal engineer in the Intel Architecture, Graphics, and Software Group. He has been engaged as a firmware developer for over 15 years. He is a member of the UEFI Security sub team, and the TCG PC Client sub working group. He has presented at industry events such as the Intel Developer Forum, UEFI Plugfest, and RSA conference. He worked with co-author Vincent Zimmer to publish 30 “A Tour Beyond BIOS” technical papers for tianocore.org and firmware.intel.com. He holds 40 US patents.

Vincent Zimmer is a senior principal engineer in the Intel Architecture, Graphics, and Software Group. He has been engaged as a firmware developer for over 25 years and leads the UEFI Security sub team. He has presented at industry events such as the Open Source Firmware Conference, Linux Fest Northwest, Intel Developer Forum, UEFI Plugfest, Open Compute Project Summit, BlackHat Las Vegas, BSides Seattle, Toorcon, and Cansecwest. In addition to collaborating with Jiewen Yao on many white papers, he has co-authored several books on firmware, papers, and over 400 issued US patents.

Buy this book

eBook 26,99 €
price for India (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: December 20, 2020
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-6106-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase and usable on all devices
Softcover 34,99 €
price for India (gross)
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Building Secure Firmware
Book Subtitle
Armoring the Foundation of the Platform
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Jiewen Yao and Vincent Zimmer
eBook ISBN
978-1-4842-6106-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4842-6106-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4842-6105-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXX, 911
Number of Illustrations
418 b/w illustrations
Topics