Friday, September 17, 2010

Intel Wants to Dictate What Software Their CPU's Can Run

According to the latest speculation, Intel may be planning to implement code signing and whitelisting into their future lines of processors.  On first glance this sounds like a good idea to help alleviate the disaster that has been Windows security for so long, but there is one little detail that I am not sure Intel has considered: what about those of us that don't run Windows?

Then, of course, there is the whole ethical and "Big Brother" aspect to this: do we really need to be told at the hardware level what code can run?  What about independent developers?  Will there be a way for them to bypass the feature or "turn it off?"  And, again, what about those of us who run Linux or another open-source OS?  Does Intel really plan on implementing code signing for all of the different OS's out there?  A lot remains to be seen about the details and implementation.

1 comment:

  1. Great informative post! i hope your questions get answered, best of luck to your blog and you in general. i am a daily blog reader and i love what you do. lots of love.