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Security spec gets an upgrade, broader backing

The Trusted Computing Group passed a milestone in its efforts to improve computer security this week, announcing a key update of its specification. The update comes as the TCG adds Sun Microsystems Inc. to its membership and forms a new working group to bring its technology to PDAs. At the RSA Conference in Amsterdam, the TCG announced Wednesday (Nov. 5) it has completed version 1.2 of its trusted platform module (TPM) spec. TPMs are relatively simple chips — currently made by Atmel, Infineon and National — with microcontrollers and solid state storage that can perform hashing algorithms and store encrypted keys for a PC or other systems. The TPM 1.2 spec includes a handful of new features to enable the chips to generate multiple keys for various applications and services in a manner that allows the system user to remain anonymous. The updated chips should be available in the second half of 2004. Full Story

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