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Hardware Encryption Chip Vulnerability

October 23, 2017 | Posted in:

SE Alert

Posted by Mark Benton

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Last week, it was revealed that researchers had found a weakness in the "Trusted Platform Module" or TPM chip from Infineon Technologies. This chip set, commonly found in the current generation of computers, could allow a criminal to decrypt a stolen hard drive, which had previously been encrypted.

There is also the possibility that passwords stored in a local browser could be compromised.  Exactly how this vulnerability could be exploited, and therefore the full risk, is not completely known; more information will be released on November 2. At that time, we will have a better understanding of the risks and be able to put a plan in place for our clients.

In the meantime, Microsoft has released an update to help mitigate the risk, which SE will deploy to our SE Essentials, SE Secure, SE Monitoring, and SE Desktop Defense clients as part of the monthly update.

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