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General Software Announces Boot Security Firmware Application to Deliver Trust for Embedded x86 Devices

General Software Announces Boot Security Firmware Application to Deliver Trust for Embedded x86 Devices

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/01/05 -- Intel Developer Forum -- General Software, Inc., the leading supplier of embedded x86 firmware solutions, today introduced at the Spring Intel Developer Forum a new firmware application for increasing security and trust in embedded x86 devices. As the second member of a new Firmware Application Suite(TM) specifically developed to enhance embedded x86 systems, the Boot Security application provides an ideal way of ensuring the integrity of deployed products ranging from set-top boxes, teller machines, voting machines, gaming machines, information appliances, industrial controllers and telecommunications equipment.

"Maintaining integrity of embedded devices is becoming increasingly important as more critical functions are being handled by these systems. The Boot Security Application from General Software is a unique firmware application that establishes trust between platform hardware and the user application, preventing operation of systems compromised by unauthorized alteration of the BIOS, OS, or application," said Steve Dearden, General Software's vice president of sales and marketing. "Our customers can now develop products that have built in safeguards against product tampering; using cryptographic verification techniques before, during, and after the OS and application have booted, they can be confident that both hardware and critical software components have not been compromised. Our firmware solution goes far beyond today's simple middleware or software security applications."

Boot Security is a firmware application written utilizing Firmbase® Technology that runs cryptographic checks on software components prior to boot, and performs additional, optionally bi-directional, cryptographic handshaking with the application once the system has booted. When these checks fail, Boot Security can be directed by a policy established by the ODM/OEM in the system registry to generate alerts over the network, run or terminate an OEM application, or log the events to mass storage. It can also trigger an automatic reload of trusted software. Standard Firmbase Technology TCB user-level security is provided on administrative remote access Common applications include tamper-proof BIOS, OS, and user application/data on ODM/OEM hardware; and eliminating the possibility that the user application might be run successfully on non-authorized hardware.

About Embedded BIOS® 2000

Embedded BIOS 2000 is the leading BIOS SDK for embedded x86 designs, with over 800 OEM-customizable configuration parameters, support for multiple embedded operating systems, and support for major OS and hardware initiatives. Embedded BIOS 2000 addresses the entire lifecycle of embedded products, from board bring-up, configuration prototyping, testing with system diagnostics, and product manufacturing to in-field diagnostics and software reload. Features include an integrated debugger; console redirection; highly configurable POST; manufacturing mode; ROM, RAM, and Flash file systems; support for a host of industry initiatives; and much more. Embedded BIOS 2000 supports industry-standard operating systems that run on PC-compatible hardware, including the full spectrum of Windows, Linux, and real-time operating systems.

About Firmbase® Technology

Firmbase Technology is General Software's patented 32-bit firmware infrastructure that contributes the surety and trust expected from firmware applications. A non-stop SMM envelope is provided which keeps firmware applications running, even when the OS and user application have failed or are missing. Firmbase Technology is ROM-resident and provides a chain of trust from power-on to OS boot. It supplies the user-level security for the BIOS and for firmware applications which do not run under OS control.

About General Software, Inc.

General Software, Inc. provides superior embedded x86 firmware solutions and world-class support for OEM manufacturers of telecommunications, data communications, consumer electronics, dedicated servers, and other specialized computing devices. General Software's well-architected and reliable firmware products reduce risk, speed development, and address embedded OEM product lifecycle needs. For more information about General Software and its embedded firmware, visit http://www.gensw.com, e-mail [email protected], or contact David Tobar at 800-850-5755 or 425-576-8300.

CONTACT:
Kate Johnsen
General Software, Inc.
425.576.8300 x229
[email protected]

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