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 “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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  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”

    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.

    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.

    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.

  3. Since_llci, you have a classic case of paranoia, very common to US types. Dare I say, unblinking, doey eyed, propaganda fodder.

    Wasn’t the guy who invented PGP put in jail because he would tell your security services how to crack the encryption?

    Freedom would rock if you or anybody had it.

    Boy am I grumpy today.

  4. Since_llci, correction, I meant to say that the guy who invented PGP was put in jail because he wouldn’t tell the security services how to unencyrpt PGP.

    Gee Whizz, I though you US types held Milton Friedman as the ideal in economics. Don’t you know Government is BAD, especially one that spies on it’s own people. Government’s job is to get the F$?CK out of peoples lives and be as small as possible. Currently, in the UK, we have BIG BIG Government so I’m feeling nauseous!

  5. AWidgetHeHasNot

    Put these in your Google-Earth (40º 41′ 20″N 74º 00′ 02″W), try sitting on the roof and watching the Twin Towers fall to the ground. Paranoid? That was no delusion my friend, neither was the stench that followed for over a month, nor is the continued and vowed threat. Give me a chuckle and tell me you might think Theo Van Gogh was paranoid too? I hate bringing politics into the MDN fray, but I suppose I opened the door. I certainly don’t condone spying on civilians, but if an Al-Qaeda operative’s computer is found in Bajaur, Pakistan (or anywhere else for that matter), I’d like to know someone can dig through the contents. That was (and is) my point.

    MW:city, as in bullseye

  6. Since_IIci, fair point. It’s just that I see the long view, and it’s also a fair point that Terrorim is the new McCarthyism, which you must realise. Anyway, like you say, enough politics on MDN for today. I see your intelligence, so I will not say anymore regarding this matter. I’m sure you’re fully aware of the troubles in the UK of late and the past 30 years.

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