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Intel open sources HAXM, Hardware Accelerated Executation Manager for Mac/Windows

Intel Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager (HAXM)

HAXM is a hardware-assisted virtualization engine (hypervisor) that uses Intel Virtualization Technology to speed up IA (x86/ x86_64) emulation on a host machine running Windows or macOS. It started as an Android SDK component, but has recently transformed itself into a general accelerator for QEMU. HAXM can be built as either a kernel-mode driver for Windows or a kernel extension for macOS.[…]

https://github.com/intel/haxm

 

See-also:

https://01.org/android-ia/q-and-a/what-haxm

https://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/intel-hardware-accelerated-execution-manager-intel-haxm

https://github.com/Nukem9/Haxm

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Trammell: eficheck finds Thunderstrike 2

Trammell Hudson tests Apple macOS’s eficheck against Thunderstrike2:

https://trmm.net/Thunderstrike
https://trmm.net/Thunderstrike_2
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207475

Thunderstrike 2

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Apple macOS automatic EFI checks

High Sierra automatically checks EFI firmware each week

Upgrading to High Sierra brings a new and significant security feature: your Mac will automatically check its EFI firmware. In a series of tweets, Xeno Kovah, one of the three engineers responsible for the new tool, has outlined how this works.[…]

High Sierra automatically checks EFI firmware each week

AFAICT, the article references Tweets from earlier today that appear to have subsequently been deleted from Twitter.

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new Apple tools: eficheck (and nvm)

Apple has apparently created a tool for examining Apple Mac EFI firmware, called eficheck. As I understand things, it was released, then pulled due to some issues (bugs?), and is apparently now avabilable in latest macOS updates. Also, it sounds like there might be another tool for NVMe diagnostics.

usage: eficheck: [–save -b] [ –cleanup -b] [–generate-hashes [-b] [-p]] [–integrity-check [-h [-b]]] [–show-hashes [-h] | [-b]]

https://pikeralpha.wordpress.com/2017/08/18/apple-to-cleanup-a-bios-region-of-your-ami-and-phoenix-bios/
https://www.apple.com/macos/sierra/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacOS_High_Sierra
https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/macos-10-13/
https://firmwaresecurity.com/2017/01/25/eficheck

Maybe someday there’ll be more info on eficheck, if you find any manpage or other info, please leave a Comment.
https://www.apple.com/us/search/eficheck
https://twitter.com/search?q=eficheck&src=typd

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Apple on Secure Kernel Extension Loading

On June 19th, Apple released a document describing how loading secure kernel extensions (.kext) would change with High Sierra and how this would impact enterprise customers.[…]

System Extension Blocked

http://blog.eriknicolasgomez.com/2017/07/25/Kextpocalypse-High-Sierra-and-kexts-in-the-Enterprise/

https://developer.apple.com/library/content/technotes/tn2459/_index.html

 

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