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Hidden Debug Mode Found In AMD Processors

A bit of "squee!" news via /. today ...

Hidden Debug Mode Found In AMD Processors
"A hidden (and hardware password protected, by means of required special values in processor registers) debug mode has been found in AMD processors, and documented by a reverse engineer called Czernobyl on the RCE Forums community today. It enables powerful hardware debugging features long longed for by reverse engineers, such as hardware data-aware conditional breakpoints, and direct hardware 'page guard'-style breakpoints. And the best part is, it's sitting right there in your processor already, just read the details and off you go with the debugging ninja powers!"

...haven't seen the likes of this since Robert Collins still maintained his Intel Secrets page.
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