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  • Ensuring the Memory Safety of FreeRTOS Part 2
    In Part 1, we discussed how FreeRTOS is addressing an important source of security issues — buffer overflows — by ensuring the memory safety of the TCP/IP, ARP, DHCP, DNS, and HTTPS header parsing in the FreeRTOS+TCP TCP/IP stack. We described how we’re using an automated reasoning technique, software model checking, and how the level […]
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  • Using FreeRTOS on ARMv8-M Microcontrollers
    [Also see the page that describes how to set ARM Cortex-M interrupt priorities when using FreeRTOS.] ARM introduced TrustZone to the Cortex-M series of microcontrollers with the ARMv8-M architecture. TrustZone is an optional security extension that enables two security domains within a single processor. Cortex-M cores (including the Cortex-M33 and Cortex-M23) that include TrustZone use […]
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  • FreeRTOS V10.3.1 Now Available and LTS Development Underway
    We are excited to share the following updates with you: FreeRTOS V10.3.1 is now available for immediate download. V10.3.1, among other things, enhances our memory protection unit (MPU) ports for both ARM v7-M and ARM v8-M cores, and extends RISC-V support to include a new IAR port. With this release, we are also officially switching […]
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  • Simple Multicore Core to Core Communication Using FreeRTOS message buffers
    [The STM32H745I demo in the FreeRTOS download provides a worked example of the control buffer scheme described below.] In this post I describe how to implement a basic and light weight core to core communication scheme using FreeRTOS Message Buffers, which are lockless circular buffers that can pass data packets of varying sizes from a […]
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  • Ensuring the Memory Safety of FreeRTOS Part 1
    FreeRTOS is a real-time operating system designed for resource-constrained devices, including devices in the Internet of Things (IoT).¬†Because these devices are resource-constrained, they do not provide all the hardware mechanisms richer operating systems utilize to protect the system from external adversaries.¬†On such small devices, security depends on simpler memory protection and execution privilege level hardware, […]
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