Microsoft Introduces Pluton, a Security Chip Designed For Future Windows 10 – Some time ago Microsoft introduced Pluton,a new security chip designed for Windows 10 PCs. Regarding this new chip, Microsoft Pluton is a security processor built into future CPUs and will reportedly replace the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) currently used to secure hardware keys and cryptography.
Basically as reported from Microsoft’spage, Pluton is based on the same security technology used to protect xbox, and in addition Microsoft is also working with Intel, AMD and Qualcomm to incorporate it into future CPUs.
“At AMD, security is our top priority and we are proud to have been at the forefront of hardware security platform design to support features that help safeguard users from the most sophisticated attacks,” ucap Jason Thomas, head of product security at AMD. “As a part of that vigilance, AMD and Microsoft have been closely partnering to develop and continuously improve processor-based security solutions, beginning with the Xbox One console and now in the PC. We design and build our products with security in mind and bringing Microsoft’s Pluton technology to the chip level will enhance the already strong security capabilities of our processors.” lanjutnya.
For its own design, the new chip is designed to block new attack vectors used to harm devices, including Vulnerability CPUs like Spectre and Metldown that we’ve known before.
In addition to this interesting pluton chip, it is rumored that the firmware update will come directly from Microsoft and will be launched from Windows Update, just like the Azure Sphere Security Service process connected with IoT devices.
But to be sure, it’s still unclear when PCs with Pluton Chips will be shipped, but both Intel, AMD and Qualcomm are all committed to building these Pluton-like functions into their CPUs in the future.
“This is a future thing we’re going to build in,” said Mike Nordquist, director of strategic planning and architecture at Intel as reported by The Verge. “The idea is that you don’t have to look for a motherboard with a TPM chip… so you just get it.” Nordquist also said that Intel supports different operating systems, “wanting to start doing different things for a bunch of different OS vendors.”.
In addition, although there is no clearer information about firmware support on Linux, Microsoft already uses Linux with Pluton on Azure Sphere devices, so Linux support will certainly remain available.