According to report, Microsoft (American Multinational Company) has recently announced ‘Pluton’ security processor and explained that their developers are currently working on designing & developing this new security chipset which are designed to protect future Windows PCs, improves security and protects users from threats.
Microsoft Company partnered with AMD, Intel and Qualcomm Chipset Company are attempting to develop new ‘Pluton’ SoC (System-On-Chip) that should be present on almost Microsoft Windows PCs including ARM-based Systems running Qualcomm’s processors like 8cx or SQ1/SQ2 processors in “Surface Pro X”.
Furthermore, ‘Microsoft Pluton’ processor will replace the existing TPM (Trusted Platform Module) – a processor currently used to secure hardware and cryptographic keys. ‘Pluton’ chipset is based on the same security technology used to protect Xbox Consoles. TPM used by Microsoft to store credentials and cryptographic keys to ensure that System remains protected from threat actors and their threats.
In security terms, this new processor is designed to block threat actors from compromising your PCs means this will help to protect your Windows PCs against future attacks. According to report, cybercriminals use several tactics or mechanisms to steal user data and sensitive information through physical attack by targeting the communication channel between CPUs and TPM (Trusted Platform Module). However, Microsoft is designing new processor ‘Pluton’ as ultimate solution to solve such problems. Let’s take have a look at statement of “David Weston”, Director Enterprise and OS Security at Microsoft on ‘Pluton’ Security processor development.
“Windows devices with Pluton will use the Pluton security processor to protect credentials, user identities, encryption keys, and personal data. None of this information can be removed from Pluton even if an attacker has installed malware or has complete physical possession of the PC”
According to “David Weston”, this new processor named “Pluton” will be powerful security System-On-Chip (SoC) to protect credentials, user identities, encryption keys and personal data, and also explained that these meaningful information or sensitive details can’t be removed from ‘Pluton’ even if the cybercriminals has installed malware.
“Microsoft Pluton” security processor will have the ability to protect sensitive data like encryption keys from rest of the System, help to block emerging attack techniques including speculative executions from accessing key material. This new processor also supports SHACK (Secure Hardware Cryptography Key) Technology that would help ensure that keys are not exposed outside of protected hardware.
‘Pluton’ is not new concept of Microsoft, the company stated that ‘Pluton’ debuted on Xbox One console back in 2013 which restricted users from running pirated games on their Xbox consoles. Moreover, this chipset later moved to its cloud service “Microsoft Azure sphere” to protect IoT (Internet of Things) devices. Now, the company is planning to put ‘Pluton’ security processor on Windows PCs to restrict attackers from stealing user sensitive details even when they have physical access to the System.
At the moment, Microsoft Company has not yet provided any further details on what is full specification of Pluton security processor and when Windows PCs carrying the ‘Pluton’ security chipset will release. We are researching on the matter very deeply and we will defiantly post an update, if it will come in future. For any suggestions or queries, please write on comment box below.