Microsoft, AMD, Intel and Qualcomm release Microsoft Pluton Security processor

Microsoft, AMD, Intel and Qualcomm release Microsoft Pluton Security processor


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Anna Savelieva | 20.11.2020

Microsoft, AMD, Intel and Qualcomm release Microsoft Pluton Security processor

Together with partners, the company unveiled a chip with the “chip-cloud” technology, first implemented in the Xbox One and Azure Sphere. An integrated hardware solution improves security against
cyber attacks by integrating Microsoft Pluton IP intellectual property into AMD processors.

As noted by the developers, Pluton eliminates the possibility of an attack on the communication channel between the central processor and the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) by providing security directly
in the CPU. Initially, computers will emulate TPMs, ensuring compatibility and operation with existing TPM specifications and APIs such as BitLocker and System Guard.

The chip does not allow deleting account data and personal information, user IDs, and encryption keys, even if the attackers have installed malware or have direct
access to the device. However, it uses the Secure Hardware Cryptography Key (SHACK) technology, which helps ensure that keys are never opened outside the secure
hardware, even the Pluton firmware itself.

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The company believes that such a structure of the security processor will significantly complicate the ability of attackers to hide their actions on the operating system, improve the ability to reflect
physical attacks and prevent the theft of credentials and encryption keys and allow you to recover the system after software errors.

The firmware update process will also be simplified using the cloud – via Windows Update, so you don’t have to deal with many different sources.

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