By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
06 January 2009
Security researchers said they've found a way to circumvent an Intel
vPro security feature used to protect PCs and the programs that they run
Invisible Things Labs researchers Rafal Wojtczuk and Joanna Rutkowska
said they'd created software that could "compromise the integrity" of
software loaded using the Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) that is
part of Intel's vPro processor platform.
That's bad news, because TXT is supposed to help protect software - a
program running within a virtual machine, for example - from being seen
or tampered with by other programs on the machine. Formerly code-named
LaGrande, TXT first started shipping in some Intel-based PCs last year.
Although almost no software uses the TXT technology today, the research
could matter a lot to computer companies and government agencies that
are thinking of using it to secure their future products.
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