HPE increases ProLiant firmware security

HPE’s Gen10 Servers Will Have Security Drilled into Silicon

by Christine Hall on June 12, 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise unveiled Gen10 at Discover in Las Vegas last week, the first major upgrade to its ProLiant line of servers since Gen9 was released in 2014. While the release of a new server is generally not very interesting in this age of commodity hardware, this one is a bit more notable as it has some interesting security features built into the hardware. The announcement was made by Alain Andreoli, head of HPE’s infrastructure group, with no shortage of hyperbole: “We have definitively created the world’s most secure industry standard server.” The security feature works at the firmware level, utilizing custom HPE silicon. “In each Gen10 server we have created a unique individual fingerprint for the silicon,” Andreoli explained. “Your server will not boot unless the firmware matches this print — it is just locked end to end.”[…]



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