Windows security technology goes Awol

Microsoft is likely to further water down its Next-Generation Secure Computing Base (NGSCB) security technology, originally...

Microsoft is likely to further water down its Next-Generation Secure Computing Base (NGSCB) security technology, originally designed to be a major feature of Longhorn, the next version of Windows.

Formerly known as Palladium, NGSCB was launched in 2002. Microsoft had promised an update on the fledgling technology by the end of last year, but nothing was announced.

It was then expected to feature heavily at this week’s Microsoft WinHEC developers’ conference, one of the last major Microsoft technical events before Longhorn makes its first commercial appearance next summer. 

But the only new security feature for Longhorn unveiled at the show was secure start-up.

NGSCB was originally planned to increase PC security by enabling the isolation of software through a combination of software and hardware refinements, including configuration changes in chipsets and graphics cards.

Applications would also have to be modified to deliver the isolation feature. 

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