Trusted Computing Group releases Trusted Platform Module 1.2 security chip software specs

“The Trusted Computing Group (TCG) has released software specifications that enable developers to create applications that use the Trusted Platform Module 1.2 (TPM) 1.2 security chip,” Tom Sanders reports for vnunet.com. “The TPM is an open industry standard that can be used to securely store and encrypt information… Microsoft relies on the chip for the Bitblocker feature in its forthcoming Windows Vista operating system. The technology will prevent data loss if a laptop computer is stolen by encrypting the contents of the hard drive. Apple is also believed to use the chip in its new Intel powered iMacs and MacBook Pro systems to prevent users from running its OS X operating system on non-Apple hardware. A spokesperson for the computer maker declined to comment on the use of the chip in its systems.”

“The new Trusted Computing Group Software Stack Specification enables applications that use new features that were added in version 1.2 of the security chip,” Sanders reports. “The new version among things supports anonymous attestations, a feature where the security chip will vow for the user’s identity without disclosing any information… Other new features include support for external storage devices, allowing the chip to turn a USB memory key into a security key or to encrypt data on external storage devices. Analyst firm Endpoint Technologies projects that this year 50 million systems will ship with a TPM.”

Full article here.

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34 Comments

  1. Something that comes to mind is Homeland Security, NSA and domestic surveillance, and I’m not sure what the nexus is (possibly because of my own internal encryption?). What are the implications as far as retrieving information from a laptop confiscated from a suspected terrorist when this kind of hardware-based security is implemented? In certain cases, I’d like to think that any type of encryption isn’t totally impenetrable, but then again, I have nothing to hide….

    MW: Others, as in… others are listening!

    Who was that?

  2. Read the truth about “trusted computing”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trusted_computing

    It’s going to lock down our computers, music, software, you name it.

    Combined with EFI

    EFI also allows the operating system to run in a sandbox mode, where networking and memory management issues are delegated to the firmware instead of the OS. Attempts by the OS to access the hardware are converted to calls to the EFI drivers. The EFI is also used to select and load the operating system, removing the need for a boot loader. EFI is one of the pieces of the framework necessary to implement Trusted Computing.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extensible_Firmware_Interface

    Is another of the evil Intel’s creation.

    Oh yes kiddies, Mactels are no longer under our control.

    The last, best and most powerful “Free” Mac is a Quad.

    Get one now, as the future is going to be very restricitve.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDCP

    Oh!, has the company Intel popped up in all my links by accident?

    Does one really think now that Apple switched because they couldn’t get a cool G5 processor?

    Maybe IBM didn’t bother with a cool G5 processor because they knew Apple had to switch to Intel processors because of all the EFI, DRM HDCP and Trusted Computing coming down the pipe.

    Steve sold us out to the content creators.

    Get a Quad if you want to play for the next 7 years. Best we can do.

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