Intel researchers are developing computer security technology that stop all zero-day attacks. "We're going to see a quantum jump in the ability of future devices, be them PCs or phones or tablets or smart TVs, to defend themselves against attacks," says Intel's Justin Rattner.
Normal signature-based malware can be defended against by searching for known patterns in the malicious code, but zero-day attacks have no known patterns. Rattner says Intel's technology does not rely on patterns in code to shield against zero-day attacks. "We've found a new approach that stops the most virulent attacks. It will stop zero-day scenarios," he says. "Even if we've never seen it, we can stop it dead in its tracks." Rattner says the technology could be ready this year.
"If Intel has hardware technology that can reliably stop zero-day attacks, that would be a huge win in the war against malware," says consultant Dan Olds. "The key is that it's reliable. It has to have the ability to discern legit software from malware."
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