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Intel and McAfee Reveal DeepSAFE Tech

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McAfee's DeepSAFE tech will keep an eye on memory and processor activity in real time, rooting out sneaky malware before they dump their payload.

Tuesday during the Intel Developers Forum, newly-acquired and now wholly-owned subsidiary McAfee demonstrated DeepSAFE, a technology that allows McAfee to develop hardware-assisted security products to take advantage of a "deeper" security footprint.

According to the company, the tech resides underneath the computer's operating system to gain better sight on deeply-rooted malware that typically embeds themselves outside the OS to evade current security solutions. McAfee DeepSAFE technology actually provides a direct view of system memory and processor activity that other solutions currently can't access, and will expose the rootkit in real-time as it is trying to hide malware.

"McAfee DeepSAFE technology sits beyond the operating system (and close to the silicon) allowing McAfee products to have an additional vantage point in the computing stack to better protect systems," the company said. "McAfee anticipates the McAfee DeepSAFE technology will be a foundation for a number of hardware-assisted security products that take advantage of a 'deeper' security footprint which will work in conjunction with McAfee Endpoint Security Platform that so many organizations trust to protect their endpoints and information."

Todd Gebhart, co-president of McAfee, said that the new tech won't be embedded directly on Intel's processors, but will instead take advantage of hardware features already included in Intel's current Core lineup and processors in the future. Consider the software as "hardware assisted" and optimized to run on Intel's technology, using Intel VTx technology available on all Intel Core i3, i5, i7 processors and vPro platforms. Intel VTx technology is available for use by anyone.

"This is a tremendous shift for McAfee and one of the biggest innovations in the security industry’s history," said Todd Gebhart, co-president of McAfee. "McAfee DeepSAFE uses hardware features already in the Intel processors to provide security beyond the OS. From this unique vantage point, DeepSAFE can apply new techniques to deliver a whole new generation of protection in real time to prevent malicious activity and not just detect infections."

McAfee said that the DeepSAFE technology runs with Microsoft Windows 7, but the company anticipates that it will also run with Windows 8 when it is released -- there's even a potential for Android support. The McAfee DeepSAFE technology that Paul Otellini discussed in his demo during the Intel Developers Forum early this week is currently in beta. However, additional details and technology specifics will be forthcoming, McAfee said.

"By combining the features of existing Intel hardware and innovations in security software, Intel and McAfee are driving innovation in the security industry by providing a new way to protect computing devices," said Renée James, senior vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group at Intel and the Chairman of McAfee. "We are truly excited to introduce this technology upon which we will deliver new solutions."

For more information on McAfee DeepSAFE visit www.mcafee.com/deepSAFE.

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    oneblackened , September 15, 2011 4:15 AM
    Great idea on paper... The chance for false positives is too high.
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    oneblackened , September 15, 2011 4:15 AM
    oneblackenedGreat idea on paper... The chance for false positives is too high.

    By that, I mean it seems like it would be uncontrollable by the end user.
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    eddieroolz , September 15, 2011 4:22 AM
    Even though it sounds like such a good idea, why is there this uneasiness? Maybe McAfee has something to do with it.
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    TheWhiteRose000 , September 15, 2011 4:31 AM
    I like it.
    :D 
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    legacy7955 , September 15, 2011 4:43 AM
    eddieroolzEven though it sounds like such a good idea, why is there this uneasiness? Maybe McAfee has something to do with it.



    Agreed. They need to PROVE to the consumer that McAfee processes won't stifle the good operating characteristics of the system.
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    jryan388 , September 15, 2011 4:46 AM
    Or we could just use linux!! FTW!! Too bad no gaming...
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    memadmax , September 15, 2011 4:57 AM
    Wait a minute....

    Doesn't DEP(Data Execution Prevention) do the same thing?
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    hpglow , September 15, 2011 5:36 AM
    memadmaxWait a minute....Doesn't DEP(Data Execution Prevention) do the same thing?

    No that prevents buffer overflows. This is to look for root kits.
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    deksman , September 15, 2011 7:32 AM
    Wow...
    Intel took one of the biggest pieces of bloatware available that isn't even good at what it does.
    All that cpu performance will easily go down the drain because of this piece of bloat added to the mix.
    Unless of course Intel encourages Mcafee to clean up their act (and product) like Norton did a few years back.
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    rantoc , September 15, 2011 7:33 AM
    DEP is Execution Prevention that won't allow code to execute in certain memory spaces that maware could abuse
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    rantoc , September 15, 2011 8:01 AM
    So the malware makers get another asset even beyond the rootkit level, excellent!
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    ronch79 , September 15, 2011 8:18 AM
    This...

    Quote:
    According to the company, the tech resides underneath the computer's operating system..


    Then this...

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    McAfee said that the DeepSAFE technology runs with Microsoft Windows 7, but the company anticipates that it will also run with Windows 8..


    Do they mean, 'runs ON MS Windows 7'. Dodgy wording there.

    How can they say that the thing runs under the OS, then say that it runs with Win7? If it sits under the OS then it wouldn't care which OS is there. It wouldn't need OS support because it does its own thing, which is look at how the OS and everything on it do their thing.
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , September 15, 2011 10:40 AM
    Now since Intel owns this company,I hope that they'll do a better job at finding viruses than what McAfee did on its own.
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , September 15, 2011 11:07 AM
    As long as it only runs with windows 7 & windows 8 that'll be fine by me.
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    nebun , September 15, 2011 12:20 PM
    jryan388Or we could just use linux!! FTW!! Too bad no gaming...

    there is a reason this so called linux is not popular....gaming is not one of them
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    COLGeek , September 15, 2011 1:55 PM
    nebunthere is a reason this so called linux is not popular....gaming is not one of them

    Please enlighten us with your vast knowledge of why this "so called linux" is not popular?

    Regardless, the article references tech that has the potential to make computing safer. That is a good thing.
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , September 15, 2011 2:24 PM
    rantoc has got it right.
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    thlillyr , September 15, 2011 3:27 PM
    Simple Linux is a pain in the butt to use for your average everyday grandma, mother, old man, young kids, pretty much 80 percent of America. Installing programs is hard. Gotta point to the right library or your stuck. Gotta remember that command line to execute the install package. Thats one of the many reasons why people don't like it. They see it as crude and undeveloped. Or it makes them feel dumb because they have to figure out the extra steps to do the same thing on windows. Windows is easy because you can do use the mouse to control 100 percent of the OS with ease. Without knowledge of a computer what it is and how it is supposed to work. It's computing for dummies. Therefore dummies like it and dummies make up the lions share of the market place. We en-lighted gamers/enthusiast/grandmaster techies know better but the dummies don't want to invest the time we do. they want to sit down double click and Facebook comes up from the day they get it home from the store.
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    tidex , September 15, 2011 3:35 PM
    Why is this ridiculous company still in business
    Watch this fail spectacularly
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    TunaSoda , September 15, 2011 4:15 PM
    It's still McAfee...
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