But the downside to TPM setups is that when an attacker has physical access to a device, attackers can target the communication BUS between the TPM and the CPU. Microsoft Pluton is also created to replace the existing Trusted Platform Module (TPM) that is a hardware component used on PCs to store cryptographic keys and measures to secure the system.
As of right now, Microsoft hasn't divulged just when we can expect to see Pluton chips in Windows computers, but we will be keeping our ears to the ground on this one so stay tuned. This security chip is based on the same technologies that are already in use in Azure Sphere applications and to protect the Xbox consoles. As a result, identities, credentials, encryption keys, and personal data won't be able to be removed from Pluton processors, even if someone has physical access to a PC. According to sources, Microsoft is presently working with chip makers like Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm to combine them into future CPUs. This new Pluton security processor, however, is the first time Pluton is coming to Windows PCs. Future processors from AMD, Intel and Qualcomm will be instrumental in advancing the adoption of Pluton and making Windows PC more secure than ever.More news: Google to delete inactive Google accounts starting June 1, 2021
Microsoft has invested aggressively in the security of the Windows ecosystem lately, and today the company announced another major project that the world's biggest chipmakers are contributing to.
TPMs have helped Windows PC users get a secured computing experience. "This revolutionary security processor design will make it significantly more hard for attackers to hide beneath the operating system, and improve our ability to guard against physical attacks, prevent the theft of credential and encryption keys, and provide the ability to recover from software bugs".More news: Michigan's largest county certifies election results after Republicans earlier blocked certification
Microsoft is not new to releasing new features and technology to protect its interests. It is explained that Pluton is on the central processor but isolated from the rest of the system and thus helps quash emerging techniques like speculative execution. Pluton provides a flexible, updateable platform for running firmware that implements end-to-end security functionality authored, maintained, and updated by Microsoft.
Microsoft also wants to address the delay in security updates with Pluton that will be integrated with the Windows Update process. "The introduction of Microsoft Pluton into future Intel CPUs will further enable integration between Intel hardware and the Windows operating system".More news: England's Henderson, Sterling to miss Iceland game due to injuries
"With the effectiveness of the initial Pluton design we've learned a lot about how to use hardware to mitigate a range of physical attacks".