IAIK announces the first public release of the acTvSM trusted virtualization platform.
For engineering a trusted application the current main challenge is to maintain a known-good software configuration. acTvSM is designed to provide this on commodity hardware for commodity software.
The IAIK acTvSM Platform is a prototype integration of Intel Trusted Execution Technology into an off-the-shelf Linux operating system. The Linux boot process is modified so that the acTvSM platform offers TPM-based guarantees for base system integrity. Further, on top of the base system, virtualized applications can be executed. A set of tools and operational procedures allow flexible configuration management and updates.