Microsoft Announces Integration of Secure Pluton Processor with Intel AMD and Qualcomm Products
Microsoft Announces Integration of Secure Pluton Processor with Intel, AMD and Qualcomm Products.
Technology was developed for the Xbox One console and has the potential to renew security options for Windows PCs and notebooks.
Microsoft has announced the launch of Pluton, a security module that is expected to become an integral part of computers and notebooks sold with Windows 10.
To make Pluton’s presence feasible, Microsoft signed a partnership with the main processor manufacturers – Intel, AMD and Qualcomm -, which should take the technology directly to the “brain” of the machines.
Pluton will act in place of the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which means that it will become the new responsible for storing cryptographic and authentication keys.
But the chip must also be able to perform tasks that are not part of the traditional security module.
According to Microsoft, Pluton will be able to detect changes in the firmware (the basic software responsible for the functioning of the hardware) and communicate directly with Microsoft servers to guarantee the integrity of the system and install updates through Windows Update.
Thus, Microsoft plans to centralize the firmware update on PCs, which today is determined by the manufacturer. As the user does not always know the procedure and it is not possible to provide instructions for general use, many systems have outdated and insecure firmware.
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