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Modern CPU models produced by AMD contain an embedded ARM co-processor called the Platform Security Processor (PSP). Nearly all AMD CPUs produced since 2013 operate under the supervision of this separate, more privileged, environment consisting of an integrated ARM processor with access to isolated resources as well as main system memory and I/O. [1]

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http://www.uefi.org/sites/default/files/resources/UEFI_PlugFest_AMD_Security_and_Server_innovation_AMD_March_2013.pdf (page 11)

While ARM and AMD tout the “Trusted Execution Environment” as useful for secure payment, anti-theft and malware protection, they also discuss content protection or DRM as a use case. https://www.owasp.o../images/c/c8/OWASP_Security_Tapas_-_TrustZone%2C_TEE_and_Mobile_Security_final.pdf

Possible uses … DRM

Researchers have already been able to identify exploits in AMD’s Platform Security Processor. In 2018 researchers published a vulnerability in which a specially crafted certificate could lead to a stack overflow in the PSP’s TPM firmware allowing for remote code execution. (https://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2018/Jan/12) Another group goes on to detail how an attacker might leverage exploits RYZENFALL or FALLOUT to gain foothold in networks with Ryzen based systems. (https://www.techpowerup.com/242386/cts-labs-responds-to-a-techpowerup-technical-questionnaire)

Please note that Family 16h and Family 15h-Models60h and later contain a PSP