Linked by David Adams on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 16:03 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption When was the last time you reverse-engineered all the PCI devices on your motherboard?. . . Enters the game-changer: IOMMU (known as VT-d on Intel). With proper OS/VMM design, this technology can address the very problem of most of the hardware backdoors. A good example of a practical system that allows for that is Xen 3.3, which supports VT-d and allows you to move drivers into a separate, unprivileged driver domain(s). This way each PCI device can be limited to DMA only to the memory region occupied by its own driver.
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IOMMU
by fithisux on Sat 3rd Mar 2012 11:50 UTC
fithisux
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2006-01-22

is the next big thing to hardware. It makes the uKernel designs easier and virtualization also is neater. I am eager to buy a motherboard+cpu with IOMMU. It seems expensive though. Hopefully we will se an Atom with IOMMU but it seems that they keep it for more expensive products. Personally I believe that IOMMU must become the norm (virtualization extensions come second).

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