In Networks We Trust

European researchers are proposing a paradigm-shifting solution to trusted computing that offers better security and authentication with none of the drawbacks that exist in the current state of the art.

Trusted computing (TC) is a hot topic in computer science. Major software and hardware providers are planning to include TC components in the next generation of computers, and the US army and the US Department of Defence reportedly require trusted platform modules on all their computers.

Trusted computing is a system comprising hardware and software modules that ensures that the software running on a computer has not been altered or maliciously modified after its initial installation, thus ensuring compliance with the original intended functionality. It is a way of enhancing security, preventing viruses and other malicious code, or malware, and protecting intellectual property.

For example, a TC system can verify that a malicious user has not altered the program of the music player on his computer in such a way as to ignore or bypass the checks on the permissions and restrictions of the songs being played. Current systems work but are heavily dependent on hardware which limits their usefulness. A big problem facing computer science now is how to ensure a trusted computing environment on a remote, untrusted, machine. Continue reading.

Related Posts

Browser Versions Carry 10.5 Bits of Identifying Information on Average This is part 3 of a series of posts on user tracking on the modern web. You can also read part 1 and part 2. Whenever you visit a web page, your br...
Why “Open Source” misses the point of Free Software By Richard Stallman: When we call software “free,” we mean that it respects the users' essential freedoms: the freedom to run it, to study and change ...
Anonymity and the Internet Universal identification is portrayed by some as the holy grail of Internet security. Anonymity is bad, the argument goes; and if we abolish it, we ca...
How to enhance the physical security posture of your Linux/BSD-powered PC Securing a computer goes beyond more than just using strong passwords. You should consider what happens if an unauthorized person gains physical acce...
Help EFF Research Web Browser Tracking What fingerprints does your browser leave behind as you surf the web? Traditionally, people assume they can prevent a website from identifying them...
The Toyota recall and the case for open, auditable source code Public Safety is not a matter of Private Concern In a recent article, Slate's Farhad Manjoo attempts to play down fears of faulty software in car bra...

We Recommend These Vendors and Free Offers

ContainerizeThis 2016 is a free, 2-day conference for all things containers and big data. Featured, will be presentations and free, hands-on workshops. Learn more at ContainerizeThis.com

Launch an SSD VPS in Europe, USA, Asia & Australia on Vultr's KVM-based Cloud platform starting at $5:00/month (15 GB SSD, 768 MB of RAM).

Deploy an SSD Cloud server in 55 seconds on DigitalOcean. Built for developers and starting at $5:00/month (20 GB SSD, 512 MB of RAM).

Want to become an expert ethical hacker and penetration tester? Request your free video training course of Online Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking

Whether you're new to Linux or are a Linux guru, you can learn a lot more about the Linux kernel by requesting your free ebook of Linux Kernel In A Nutshell.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*