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Microsoft rethinking Palladium

It seems that the Next Generation Secure Computing Base – NGSCB, better known by its codename Palladium – is being rethought. Instead, the company will be working on more support for No Execute – NX – a feature of AMD’s Opteron and Athlon64 chips which allows code to effectively be marked as code, preventing it from being overwritten. This would prevent many of the most common buffer overun exploits, and support for it appears in Windows XP SP2.
Microsoft looking again at this is no bad thing, and no surprise after the overwhealming hostility that Palladium had met from the computer buying public While some of its ideas were sound, the overall package managed to conflate the issues of digital rights management and secure computing, two things which only loosely connected.

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