Microsoft announces Pluto, its security chip for Windows computers

The American giant adds: “ Windows PCs using the Pluto architecture will first emulate a TPM that works with existing TPM specifications and APIs, allowing customers to immediately benefit from enhanced security for Windows features that rely on TPMs, like BitLocker. and System Guard ».

Still according to Microsoft, personal information, identification data or encryption keys can no longer be deleted, ” even if an attacker has installed malware on your PC or has complete physical possession of it ».

This is a technology similar to that equipping the Xbox. For David Weston, Director of Operating Systems Security at Microsoft, this makes it impossible to hack these consoles for their games. He adds : ” We learned principles of effective engineering strategies from this. So we are learning from it and partnering with Intel to create something for the PC that will resist this emerging attack vector. ».

Another feature of Pluto: it should facilitate security updates, which can currently come from different applications (HP Support Assistant, Lenovo Vantage application…). With its chip, Microsoft promises to harmonize this “ PC ecosystem ».

However, the company does not specify when the first CPUs equipped with Pluto will arrive. It will certainly take a little while.

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