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Thread: Intel quietly add DRM to new dual-core chips

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    Microsoft and the entertainment industry's holy grail of controlling copyright through the motherboard has moved a step closer with Intel Corp. now embedding digital rights management within in its latest dual-core processor Pentium D and accompanying 945 chipset.

    Officially launched worldwide on the May 26, the new offerings come DRM-enabled and will, at least in theory, allow copyright holders to prevent unauthorized copying and distribution of copyrighted materials from the motherboard rather than through the operating system as is currently the case.

    While Intel steered clear of mentioning the new DRM technology at its Australian launch of the new products, Intel's Australian technical manager Graham Tucker publicly confirmed Microsoft-flavored DRM technology will be a feature of Pentium D and 945.

    "[The] 945g [chipset] supports DRM, it helps implement Microsoft's DRM ... but it supports DRM looking forward," Tucker said, adding the DRM technology would not be able to be applied retrospectively to media or files that did not interoperate with the new technology.

    However, Tucker ducked questions regarding technical details of how embedded DRM would work saying it was not in the interests of his company to spell out how the technology in the interests of security.

    The situation presents an interesting dilemma for IT security managers as they may now be beholden to hardware-embedded security over which they have little say, information or control.

    Conversely, Intel is heavily promoting what it calls "active management technology" (AMT) in the new chips as a major plus for system administrators and enterprise IT. Understood to be a sub-operating system residing in the chip's firmware, AMT will allow administrators to both monitor or control individual machines independent of an operating system.

    Additionally, AMT also features what Intel calls "IDE redirection" which will allow administrators to remotely enable, disable or format or configure individual drives and reload operating systems and software from remote locations, again independent of operating systems. Both AMT and IDE control are enabled by a new network interface controller.

    "We all know our [operating system] friends don't crash that often, but it does happen," Tucker said.

    Intel's reticence to speak publicly about what lies under the hood of its latest firmware technology has also prompted calls to come clean from IT security experts, including Queensland University of Technology's assistant dean for strategy and innovation, IT faculty, Bill Caelli.

    "It's a dual use technology. It's got uses and misuses. Intel has to answer what guarantees it is prepared to give that home users are safe from hackers. Not maybes, guarantees".

    Caelli said it was "critical Intel comes clean" about how the current DRM technology is embedded into the new CPU and chipset offering.

    Microsoft was unavailable for comment at press time.

    Source: Digit Online[/news]
    Last edited by tesco; 05-29-2005 at 10:27 PM.

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    FinalTheorem's Avatar Observant
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    Looks like my next PC is going to have an AMD

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    You got that right AMD all the way

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    yeah, that's shitty, you'd think they'd realize we have the right to copy stuff. just not allowed to redistribute it, thus, they're violating the FCC regulations. since the core now produces interferance, not just accept it. which is a violation of FCC rule 15, you think they'd consult a lawyer first
    Last edited by nsane; 05-31-2005 at 05:35 PM.

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    maebach's Avatar Team FST Captain
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    im goin amd this summer

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    dang, I was about to buy an Intel chip and now this comes up. I may have to think about AMD!


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