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Reducing the Risk of Using Linux® with PolarFire® SoC FPGAs

By jeffreyhancock

More than ever, embedded devices of today are leaning on open source solutions like Linux. The ease, versatility, and flexibility offered by Linux make it an obvious choice for device manufacturers across industries.

However, with beautiful roses come painful thorns; with open source solutions come inherent vulnerabilities. Significant security vulnerabilities, once discovered, are documented as Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures, or CVEs. These are the known exploitable security issues that exist (or existed) in products. 

Security vulnerabilities can expose your devices, your customers, and yourself to several adverse consequences, including:

  • Loss of confidential business data
  • Exposure of customer or end-user data, which could lead to identity theft, HIPAA violations, and other serious consequences
  • Infiltration of the device by malicious actors, which could cause loss of property, injection of ransomware, etc.

This webinar will discuss techniques you should consider when designing, implementing, validating, and maintaining your Linux-based device. You will also learn how to resolve any CVEs that might arise during the life of your RISC-V device. Using Linux® With PolarFire® SoC FPGAs can reduce your risk from issues that are known, make it difficult for vulnerabilities that you do not know about to be exploited, and establish processes for known issues to be discovered and fixed. 

Security vulnerabilities are inevitable, but you can learn how to protect your device. Register now for this live webinar Thursday, May 04, 2023, 10:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time 

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This article first appeared on the Siemens Digital Industries Software blog at