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    Debugging complex software stacks on Genode Linux


    When dealing with large and especially ported software stacks on Genode, sophisticated debugging facilities become a must have. One way to achieve this is to develop or port your software stacks on Genode Linux and take advantage of the GNU Debugger (GDB). Of course this is not possible for low level software, like device driver or kernel, but in general useful for anything that does not access hardware directly. In this article I will describe a hands on experience example on how to debug Java using GDB. Continue...

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    System programming - wrestling with hardware


    As any system programmer knows, we do have to deal with a lot of uncommon bugs. So I like to take the chance to describe one we encountered a few days ago. After I had a demonstrator working for an ARM based system on a chip (SoC), the scenario suddenly started failing at random instructions at varying addresses and also in ever changing components. An example would be an illegal memory access (page fault) caused by this ARM instruction: Continue...

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    A Java based network filter on i.MX6 SoloX


    With the recent advancements in home automation (smart home) and the Internet of Things (IoT), networking capable embedded technology has started to enter our working and home environments at an ever increasing pace. Often this leads to feature and performance driven developments that neglect the security implications of such environments. Is it desirable that the smart light bulb, when part of your local network, can access your Internet connection? Who does control the data flow in such scenarios? We think security must be an important measure in those environments, at least on par with the feature set. To accommodate the security requirements we introduce the following exemplary network filter scenario. Continue...

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    FOSDEM'19 - Microkernel devroom (update)


    This is a follow up to my FOSDEM'19 post - that also has been updated. Norman's and Jakub's lightning talks are now available as MP4 and WEBM streams. Continue...

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    FOSDEM'19 - Microkernel devroom


    The year 2019 marked Genode Lab's turn to organize the Microkernels and Component-based OS devroom at FOSDEM 2019 in Brussels. The devroom has been established in 2012 and every year since, varying open-source organizations or private microkernel enthusiasts have taken over and passed the organization helmet on. We had a great time meeting familiar and new faces at the devroom and, in my personal opinion, we had an interesting mixture of talks this year. I especially want to thank the Unikernel speakers, since they brought a breath of fresh air into the devroom, while staying at eye-level regarding the technical skills required for systems programming. So, thank you! Continue...

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    A brief history of symbol maps on Genode


    When programming against Genode's shared libraries one might encounter things like this: Continue...