Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT) is a new security technology that started appearing on Intel server platforms in 2010. This book explains Intel Trusted Execution Technology for Servers, its purpose, application, advantages, and limitations. This book guides the server administrator / datacenter manager in enabling the technology as well as establishing a launch control policy that he can use to customize the server's boot process to fit the datacenter's requirements. This book explains how the OS (typically a Virtual Machine Monitor or Hypervisor) and supporting software can build on the secure facilities afforded by Intel TXT to provide additional security features and functions. It provides examples how the datacenter can create and use trusted pools.
"This book is a must have resource guide for anyone who wants to ... implement TXT within their environments. I wish we had this guide when our engineering teams were implementing TXT on our solution platforms!" - John McAuley, EMC Corporation
"This book details innovative technology that provides significant benefit to both the cloud consumer and the cloud provider when working to meet the ever increasing requirements of trust and control in the cloud." - Alex Rodriguez, Expedient Data Centers
"This book is an invaluable reference for understanding enhanced server security, and how to deploy and leverage computing environment trust to reduce supply chain risk." - Pete Nicoletti. Virtustream Inc.
This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND). You can download Intel Trusted Execution Technology for Server Platforms ebook for free in PDF format (4.8 MB).
Table of Contents
Introduction to Trust and Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Fundamental Principles of Intel TXT
Getting It to Work: Provisioning Intel TXT
Foundation for Control: Establishing Launch Control Policy
Raising Visibility for Trust: The Role of Attestation
Trusted Computing: Opportunities in Software
Creating a More Secure Datacenter and Cloud
The Future of Trusted Computing