Transmeta Efficeon Defends Against Virus and Worm Attacks on Microsoft XP

Monday 17 May 2004 07:23 CET | News

Transmetas Efficeon microprocessor family will offer increased protection against many of the most common types of virus and worm attacks. This capability will be provided in conjunction with the Execution Protection feature shipping from Microsoft in the forthcoming Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2).
New Efficeon processors scheduled to ship in mid-year 2004 and beyond will include "No Execute" (commonly known as "NX") support as a standard feature. In response to the growing threat of malicious virus and worm attacks on the Internet, Microsoft has announced plans for an upcoming release of Windows XP SP2, which will feature an integral virus protection feature known as Execution Protection, enabled only on systems with specific processor support. The Efficeon processor will provide this capability to protect against the execution of code from memory regions intended for data. Some of the most devastating attacks, such as the recent Sasser worm and last years Blaster and Welchia worms, as well as many other malicious programs, attack computers by attempting to insert and execute code from data regions. The Execution Protection feature in Windows XP SP2 leverages the Efficeon processor’s "No Execute" support to stop this malicious code immediately if it attempts to execute. This combination of features will offer significant improvements against software worms and viruses, providing increased security for end users. Transmetas Efficeon microprocessor will be the first energy-efficient processor to provide support for the "No Execute" capability, fully leveraging all virus and worm security improvements in Windows XP SP2.

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