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AMD touts anti-virus chips

AMD has ushered in the death of computer viruses with new chip technology, we are delighted to reveal. Marketing director at the microprocessor company, John Morris, told the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, that its latest 64-bit chips will include circuitry that prevents buffer overflows from executing code. A good percentage of viruses work by cleverly adding more code than can be included in an allocated temporary storage space. That extra code in a virus contains an executable program that can then run on your PC. As such the buffer is used as a backdoor to someone’s computer. In the new AMD chips, the buffer is read-only, so the threat is removed. But not everything is as simple as that. AMD has in fact been talking about its new security chip since the middle of December 2003 and is delighted to have Microsoft on its side for a variety of complicated political reasons. Full Story

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