19. Gulaschprogrammiernacht

Everything and a kitchensink - What to find in a modern x86_64 firmware image
2019-05-31, 17:45–18:45, ZKM_Vortragssaal

Overview of x86_64 firmware components and how to parse them.
Focus on Intel and AMD specifics


After a year of taking firmware-images apart, i feel comfortable to share my learnings and findings from the internals of todays computers firmware.
Ignoring legacy BIOS this talk will cover as much from the following topics as can possibly cramped into one hour...

  • Intel specifics
    • Flash Descriptor
    • Management Engine
  • AMD specifics
    • Firmware Entry Table
    • PSP
  • Other Components
    • Microcode
  • UEFI
  • Update Mechanisms