Intel develops hardware-based zero-day defence

Chipmaker Intel is developing a security technology that its chief technology officer has claimed will defend against zero-day attacks at a hardware level.The technology will not be signature based and will be hardware based, Intel's chief technology officer Justin Rattner told Computerworld on Wednesday.

Chipmaker Intel is developing a security technology that its chief technology officer has claimed will defend against zero-day attacks at a hardware level.

The technology will not be signature based and will be hardware based, Intel's chief technology officer Justin Rattner told Computerworld on Wednesday.

"Right now, anti-malware depends on signatures, so if you haven't seen the attack before, it goes right past you unnoticed," Rattner said. "We've found a new approach that stops the most virulent attacks. It will stop zero-day scenarios. Even if we've never seen it, we can stop it dead in its tracks."

Zero-day attacks exploit unpatched holes in IT equipment.

Intel had been working on the technology prior to the acquisition of security firm McAfee, Rattner said. However, that did not mean that McAfee had not become subsequently involved, he said.