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Microsoft goes to AMD to protect Windows XP

New service pack will offer more protection if you don't have Intel inside
Fri Feb 27 2004, 08:24
IF YOU OWN an AMD 64 processor, the upcoming Windows XP service pack will have extra security features.

AMD and Microsoft have announced that the latest Service Pack 2 will use AMD's enhanced virus protection technology in combination with Microsoft's Data Execution Prevention in the upcoming Windows XP SP2. They claim that the combination will prevent those nasty buffer-overrun exploits and prevent them from replicating and spreading to other systems.

Marty Seyer, vice president and general manager, AMD's Microprocessor Business Unit claimed that AMD and Microsoft were taking a "leadership role" with AMD64 processors and the upcoming Windows XP SP2. He reckons the result is "effective and easy" for customers using either 32-bit or 64-bit systems.

"AMD and Microsoft recognise that it will take a strong combination of hardware and software to battle malicious code," he said.

The service pack will only work with AMD64 processors that are enabled with AMD's Enhanced Virus Protection for the upcoming Windows XP SP2. Windows XP SP2 is currently in beta and is expected to appear in the second quarter of 2004. µ


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