Microsoft Pluton Security Processor. Microsoft has announced that the Bluetooth processor is designed to bring security improvements to future Windows PCs. The new processor is developed in conjunction with AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm. Microsoft aims to bring the same chip-to-cloud protection to PCs that it initially provided in the Xbox and Azure spheres. Microsoft Pluton is designed to convert to an existing trusted operating system module (DPM), a hardware component used in PCs to store cryptographic keys and computer security measures.
DPMs help Windows PC users gain a secure computing experience. However, Microsoft now considers Pluton to be the ultimate solution, as attackers develop sophisticated techniques aimed at the communication channel between CPUs and DBMs, to steal user data and sensitive information through a physical attack.
“Windows devices with Pluto will use the Pluton Security Processor to protect credentials, user identities, encryption keys, and personal data. This information cannot be removed from Pluton even if the attacker has installed malware or has complete access to the computer, ”said David Weston, Microsoft’s Institutional and OS Security Director.
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The pluton processor is said to have the ability to isolate important data such as encryption keys from other parts of the system. This will help prevent emerging attack techniques, including speculative execution, from approaching key issues. There is also secure hardware cryptography key (Shake) technology to help ensure that keys are not exposed outside the protected hardware.
Microsoft wants to resolve security update delays with Pluto integrated with the Windows update process.
“Pluton provides a flexible, up-to-date platform to run firmware that implements Microsoft-written, maintained, and updated end-to-end security functionality,” Weston said in a blog post.
Microsoft announced the launch of Pluton in 2013 on the Xbox One console. Prohibits users from playing pirate games on their Xbox consoles. Redmond later moved the pluton chip to its cloud service Azure Sphere to protect Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Similarly, Pluton in Windows PCs is designed to prevent attackers from stealing user information even when they have physical access to the computer.
The Pluto processor will be integrated into future chips from AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm. This will reduce the incidence of CPU exploits such as Meltdown and Specter, which have affected a large number of Windows users in the past.
Microsoft has not yet provided any details on when the Pluton processor loading PCs will hit the market.