AMI to Showcase Platform Root of Trust CPU Attestation on AMD Platform

AMI to Showcase Platform Root of Trust CPU Attestation on AMD Platform

FIRMly Secure, Press Release, Tech Blog

Thomas McCarthy

Thomas McCarthy

Product Marketing

Malicious system firmware attacks are on the rise. The March 2021 Microsoft commissioned Security Signals report showed that more than 80% of enterprises had experienced at least one firmware attack through 2019 and 2020.  As Azim Shafqat, Partner at ISG and Former Managing VP at Gartner once said, “There are two types of companies – those who have experienced a firmware attack, and those who have experienced a firmware attack but don’t know it.”  Securing against these firmware attacks while avoiding downtime requires a robust firmware resiliency solution.

AMI Tektagon™ Answers the Call

Platform Root of Trust (PRoT) solutions, like AMI Tektagon XFR, enabled by the low-power Lattice™ Mach-NX Hardware Root of Trust FPGA can add platform firmware resiliency. However, the effort to implement a PRoT solution is not trivial.  Combine that with the hurdles of integrating different types of platform firmware with the compatibility necessary to initialize the host silicon.  Additionally, developers might be challenged to scale across multiple silicon and platform vendors. These challenges become more significant when building compatibility across different open-source firmware.

What Does AMI Tektagon XFR Demo on AMD Platform Showcase?

At the Open Compute Project’s Regional Summit in Prague on April 19th and 20th, AMI and AMD will showcase the AMI Tektagon XFR running on AMI Aptio OpenEdition UEFI open-source boot firmware using AMD 4th Gen EPYC™ processor-based platform.  The solution delivers detection of firmware intrusions, protection against ongoing firmware intrusions, and recovery from compromised firmware.

During the demo, OCP attendees will be able to see Tektagon XFR, running on the Lattice Mach-NX FPGA perform CPU attestation using SPDM with AMI Aptio OpenEdition boot firmware.  During the pre-boot phase of the platform bring-up, Tektagon will serve as the SPDM requester and issue commands to receive measurements from AMD’s SoC boot images. If the values received are different from the “known good measurements”, the boot process is halted.  Booting will then be prevented until the firmware image is recovered and a good flash image is reported.

Please join us at AMD Booth Number A4 to Experience the Demo

Interested in viewing this live demo? Participants can find this and many other demonstrations in the AMD booth (A4), at the OCP Regional Summit on April 19th and 20th.  Stop by and engage with members of AMD and AMI for further discussions.

About AMI Tektagon

AMI Tektagon XFR is an integrated PRoT solution that is cost-effective, scalable, compatible, and easy to implement.  The solution leverages a Lattice Mach-NX Series, a low-power FPGA controller to deliver pre-verified, PFR-compliant functionality, to a server’s motherboard and peripheral devices.  Features of the Tektagon XFR solution include image validation, firmware attestation and recovery, to deliver full firmware resiliency.

About AMI

AMI is Firmware Reimagined for modern computing. As a global leader in Dynamic Firmware for security, orchestration, and manageability solutions, AMI enables the world’s compute platforms from on-premises to the cloud to the edge. AMI’s industry-leading foundational technology and unwavering customer support have generated lasting partnerships and spurred innovation for some of the most prominent brands in the high-tech industry. 

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