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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 TPM firmware update issues

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3289630/microsoft-windows/surface-pro-2-owners-wonder-will-microsoft-ship-tpm-firmware-that-works.html

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Windows: new feature using IOMMU to block DMA access for Thunderbolt devices when machine is locked

The latest version of Windows apparently has new protections against PCILeech and related attacks:

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An ice-cold Boot to break BitLocker

An ice-cold Boot to break BitLocker
By Olle Segerdahl & Pasi Saarinen

A decade ago, academic researchers demonstrated how computer memory remanence could be used to defeat popular disk encryption systems. Not much has happened since, and most seem to believe that these attacks are too impractical for real world use. Even Microsoft have even started to play down the threat of memory remanence attacks against BitLocker, using words such as “they are not possible using published techniques”. We will publish techniques that allow recovery of BitLocker encryption keys from RAM on most, if not all, currently available devices. While BitLocker is called out in the title, the same attacks are also valid against other platforms and operating systems.

Olle is a veteran of the IT-security industry, having worked with both “breaking” and “building” security solutions for almost 20 years. During that time, he has worked on securing classified systems, critical infrastructure and cryptographic products as well as building software whitelisting solutions used by industrial robots and medical equipment. He is currently the Swedish Principal Security Consultant with F-Secure’s technical security consulting practice.

Pasi is an experienced security researcher with a background in both software and network security. In previous employment he has worked on a modern framework for white-box fuzz testing of binaries and security standardization of the 5G mobile network. While he has a very Finnish name, he plays for team Sweden in F-Secure’s technical security consulting practice.

 

https://www.sec-t.org/talks/

 

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Microsoft Research 2017: The Seven Properties of Highly Secure Devices

The Seven Properties of Highly Secure Devices
March 31, 2017
MSR-TR-2017-16

Industry largely underestimates the critical societal need to embody the highest levels of security in every network-connected device—every child’s toy, every household’s appliances, and every industry’s equipment. High development and maintenance costs have limited strong security to high-cost or highmargin devices. Our group has begun a research agenda to bring high-value security to low-cost devices. We are especially concerned with the tens of billions of devices powered by microcontrollers. This class of devices is particularly ill-prepared for the security challenges of internet connectivity. Insufficient investments in the security needs of these and other price-sensitive devices have left consumers and society critically exposed to device security and privacy failures. This paper makes two contributions to the field of device security. First, we identify seven properties we assert are required in all highly secure devices. Second, we describe our experiment working with a silicon partner to revise one of their microcontrollers to create a prototype, highly secure microcontroller. Our experimental results suggest that in the near future even the most price-sensitive devices should be redesigned to achieve the high levels of device security critical to society’s safety. While our first experimental results are promising, more ongoing research remains and we seek to enlist the broader security community in a dialog on device security.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/publication/seven-properties-highly-secure-devices/

 

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Virtualization-based security (VBS) memory enclaves: Data protection through isolation

I’m glad that Virtualization-Based Security has replaced VisualBasic Script as the new acronym for VBS. 🙂

The escalating sophistication of cyberattacks is marked by the increased use of kernel-level exploits that attempt to run malware with the highest privileges and evade security solutions and software sandboxes. Kernel exploits famously gave the WannaCry and Petya ransomware remote code execution capability, resulting in widescale global outbreaks. Windows 10 remained resilient to these attacks, with Microsoft constantly raising the bar in platform security to stay ahead of threat actors. Virtualization-based security (VBS) hardens Windows 10 against attacks by using the Windows hypervisor to create an environment that isolates a secure region of memory known as secure memory enclaves.[…]

https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/06/05/virtualization-based-security-vbs-memory-enclaves-data-protection-through-isolation/

 

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Inside Microsoft’s Azure Sphere hardware for secure IoT

Simon BIsson of InfoWorld has an article on Microsoft Azure Sphere, about various security components, and a bit on Sphere OS, their Linux distro.

https://www.infoworld.com/article/3276607/internet-of-things/inside-microsofts-azure-sphere-hardware-for-secure-iot.html#tk.twt_ifw

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