Keeping Track of Time with Systemd

Nearly all smart devices obtain and keep track of time – it’s something that ‘just works’ and something which we often take for granted. Yet under-the-hood there is a surprising amount of complexity – software needs to obtain an accurate external source of time (e.g. NTP), it needs to handle drift and gradual synchronisation between …

Flattened uImage Tree (FIT) Images

You’re probably familiar with the steps required to boot Linux from U-Boot: you first load several binaries into memory, perhaps a device tree, a kernel, maybe even an initrd. You then invoke a command such as bootm or booti with arguments providing memory addresses for the binaries you’ve just loaded. However there is a much …

Yocto Security Hardening: CVEs

The volume and complexity of the software running in embedded devices is not only astonishing but ever increasing – yet each additional line of code has the potential to introduce a security vulnerability. An attacker may only need to exploit one single vulnerability for a bad outcome to occur. Therefore the obvious way to reduce …