Effective CISSP Questions

A program needs to load the value 0x30, stored in memory address #100, into the processor register AX for processing. The assembly code looks like, LD AX,#100. Which of the following the memory addressing modes does the assembly code demonstrate?
A. Immediate addressing
B. Register addressing
C. Direct addressing
D. Indirect addressing

Kindly be reminded that the suggested answer is for your reference only. It doesn’t matter whether you have the right or wrong answer. What really matters is your reasoning process and justifications.

My suggested answer is C. Direct addressing.

Memory Addressing

When using memory resources, the processor must have some means of referring to various locations in memory. The solution to this problem is known as addressing, and there are several different addressing schemes used in various circumstances. The following are five of the more common addressing schemes:

Register Addressing

As you learned in the previous section, registers are small memory locations directly in the CPU. When the CPU needs information from one of its registers to complete an operation, it uses a register address (for example, “register 1”) to access its contents.

Immediate Addressing

Immediate addressing is not a memory addressing scheme per se but rather a way of referring to data that is supplied to the CPU as part of an instruction. For example, the CPU might process the command “Add 2 to the value in register 1.” This command uses two addressing schemes. The first is immediate addressing— the CPU is being told to add the value 2 and does not need to retrieve that value from a memory location— it’s supplied as part of the command. The second is register addressing; it’s instructed to retrieve the value from register 1.

Direct Addressing

In direct addressing, the CPU is provided with an actual address of the memory location to access. The address must be located on the same memory page as the instruction being executed. Direct addressing is more flexible than immediate addressing since the contents of the memory location can be changed more readily than reprogramming the immediate addressing’s hard-coded data.

Indirect Addressing

Indirect addressing uses a scheme similar to direct addressing. However, the memory address supplied to the CPU as part of the instruction doesn’t contain the actual value that the CPU is to use as an operand. Instead, the memory address contains another memory address (perhaps located on a different page). The CPU reads the indirect address to learn the address where the desired data resides and then retrieves the actual operand from that address.

Base + Offset Addressing

Base + offset addressing uses a value stored in one of the CPU’s registers as the base location from which to begin counting. The CPU then adds the offset supplied with the instruction to that base address and retrieves the operand from that computed memory location.

Stewart, James M.; Chapple, Mike; Gibson, Darril. CISSP (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional Official Study Guide. Wiley.


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