Reply to post: Re: The advantage of security in hardware...

Oracle's Larry Ellison claims his Sparc M7 chip is hacker-proof – Errr...

Roland6 Silver badge

Re: The advantage of security in hardware...

"The strength of security in hardware isn't so much that it can't be changed as that it can't be avoided by poor development practices and/or software quality control."

Well that depends on whether they are on by default or have to be enabled by software...

I suggest you take a look at the intel 286! It included some rather nice security features, which (if memory is correct) allowed you do similar to what Oracle are claiming for the M7. I expect these features have been carried forward into the x86 and x64 chip families, yet neither Windows or Linux make use of them.

Whilst there was a significant performance hit when processors ran at 10Mhz, now we have multi-cores running at 2+Ghz, the overhead is significantly reduced.

I wonder if any of the VM hypervisors implement these security features...

POST COMMENT House rules

Not a member of The Register? Create a new account here.

  • Enter your comment

  • Add an icon

Anonymous cowards cannot choose their icon

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2019