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    Well that’s several flavours of bullshit out of the box.

    Windows problems with security never had anything to do with the CPU, nor will a CPU solve that.

    However, it may well (coupled with DMCA) do very well at locking out all other operating systems and competitors.

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      So, essentially, this is a Microsoft-designed-and-controlled hardware TPM integrated directly into the CPU?

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        Today, the heart of operating system security on most PCs lives in a chip separate from the CPU, called the Trusted Platform Module […] The Pluton design removes the potential for that communication channel to be attacked by building security directly into the CPU. Windows PCs using the Pluton architecture will first emulate a TPM

        Waaaait a second. The TPM on most PCs in the last few years is not a discrete chip. fTPM is much more common at this point.

        Now, it does seem like they want a more “hard” TPM rather than just in-firmware:

        technology that helps ensure keys are never exposed outside of the protected hardware, even to the Pluton firmware itself

        ..cool? I guess?


        Amazing yet suspicious that all the CPU vendors are on board with just adding a Microsoft-designed part into their chips.

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          Amazing yet suspicious that all the CPU vendors are on board with just adding a Microsoft-designed part into their chips.

          Why is that? Windows is probably the target OS for a majority of CPUs marketed towards computers.

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            Yeah — AMD and Intel certainly aren’t pinning their hopes on macOS, at the very least.

            Qualcomm probably cares more currently about Android, but sees this as a growth opportunity into the PC market.

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          It’s amazing how ugly just that post is. Makes the product sound like a security theater without added security.

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            Reminded of Microsoft’s Palladium from 20 years ago.

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              Hey, they gotta keep up with Apple, right?