Dell to Add Security Chip to PCs

Ian G iang at
Wed Feb 2 15:38:46 PST 2005

Erwann ABALEA wrote:

>On Wed, 2 Feb 2005, Trei, Peter wrote:
>>Seeing as it comes out of the TCG, this is almost certainly
>>the enabling hardware for Palladium/NGSCB. Its a part of
>>your computer which you may not have full control over.
>Please stop relaying FUD. You have full control over your PC, even if this
>one is equiped with a TCPA chip. See the TCPA chip as a hardware security
>module integrated into your PC. An API exists to use it, and one if the
>functions of this API is 'take ownership', which has the effect of
>erasing it and regenerating new internal keys.

So .. the way this works is that Dell & Microsoft
ship you a computer with lots of nice multimedia
stuff on it.  You take control of your chip by erasing
it and regenerating keys, and then the multimedia
software that you paid for no longer works?

I'm just curious on this point.  I haven't seen much
to indicate that Microsoft and others are ready
for a nymous, tradeable software assets world.


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