Intel aims to increase from software to hardware to protect against hackers. The company, which has developed a special chipset for this, will place the Intel CET system developed inside Tiger Lake processors to protect against malware.
The information theft that increases with the storage of our private data and information in digital media is protected by some software today. We can all guess that software-size protection cannot compete with hardware-size protection.
Intel continues to work safely at full speed. The company, which wants to offer a high level of security experience to its users, aims to develop a special security chip. The product named Intel Control-Flow Enforcement Technology (Intel CET) seems to provide protection from hackers with hardware support.
Intel CET will come embedded in Tiger Lake class processors:
The technique that Intel uses to design its product is a method currently used in advanced antivirus programs. In order to protect against malware, software-based security systems do not seem to be sufficient in reducing the threat. At this point, Intel is aiming to use the security chips it has developed by using it in its upcoming Tiger Lake mobile processors.
As the security systems used by computers go forward, hackers are becoming more and more skilled. Especially Oriented Programming (ROP) and Jump Oriented Programming (JOP) are very popular among the hacking methods. The reason why it is so difficult to detect JOP or ROP attacks is that it constantly changes its aggressive behavior.
Intel CET offers two paths called Indirect Branch Tracking (IBT) and Shadow Stack (SS). While IBT technology helps to protect against JOP attack methods, SS technology also protects against ROP attacks. Let’s add that all these structures are embedded in the chipset as hardware, not as software.
Intel says the product will be available on future desktop and server platforms. Microsoft is already working to integrate with Windows 10. There is also a preview of Intel CET support called Stack Protection in Windows 10 Insider Preview.