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Wednesday, August 20 • 2:30pm - 3:20pm
IPMI - Automatically Configuring (and Compromising) Large Server Deployments - Matthew Garrett, Nebula

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The Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) is a specification allowing system managers to control and query system state without relying on the host operating system. At its most basic, this allows for remote power management of servers - at its most advanced, it provides full control over firmware configuration, sensor output and remote access to the installed OS.

This presentation will cover the advanced features provided by many server vendors and introduce a new vendor-neutral interface for configuration of systems, making building clouds easier than ever. It will also cover security considerations relevant to IPMI and describe the risks associated with any failure to design deployments with sufficient paranoia.

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Matthew Garrett

Principal Security Developer, CoreOS
Matthew Garrett is a security developer at CoreOS, developing technologies to improve the security of containers and the systems that run them. He has a background in firmware integration, power management and fruitfly genetics and so has atypical ideas about system complexity and the ease of reverse engineering. He is a board member of the Free Software Foundation and passionate defender of user freedoms

Wednesday August 20, 2014 2:30pm - 3:20pm