Are there commercial chips on the market which protect against malware?
Posted on 2006-07-09
A friend of mine within the computer industry mentioned that Intel has designed a processor or chip which has built-in instructions to protect the pc against malware. It does this by placing the malware within a non-executable area of RAM. I believe most computers availabe on the market do not have such a processor, thus, malware getting placed into executable areas of RAM and being transferred to folders, files, and the registry. The company name which is suppose to have such a chip is Intel and I believe the name of the chip is Vive.
This is an interesting technological shift because malware has and continues to be handled through software intervention (e.g. SpyBot Search & Destroy, HiJack This, AdAware, McAfee Anti-Virus). Now, as I understand it, we are starting to see hardware protection against malware coming upon the scene.
With these points in mind, I am interested in reading any thoughts from experts on EE regarding this exciting possiblity. While there may be a chip which does protection, there will probably need to be a special motherboard to support it.
In any case, I look forward to reading everyone's insights into this matter.