AMD steps up desktop security

By : |August 12, 2004 0

NEW DELHI: AMD has announced that with the release of Microsoft Windows XP
Service Pack 2 (SP2), Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP) can now be enabled on all
AMD Athlon 64 processors

According to the company, this hardware and software combination is designed to
keep computers protected against certain malicious viruses, computer worms and
Trojan horses. AMD Athlon 64 processor customers can now feel more secure
performing computing tasks such as e-mailing, sharing music files, and
downloading photos, games, and other graphic-intensive computing applications.

EVP is a hardware feature designed into AMD Athlon 64 desktop and mobile
processors. When combined with the data execution prevention technology found in
Windows XP SP2, EVP not only identifies certain malicious code, specifically
those that execute buffer overflow attacks, but also prevents them from
replicating and spreading throughout the system. By incorporating security
technology into the hardware, costs and damages associated with these virus
attacks can be significantly reduced while increasing the integrity of the home
and corporate network.

Every AMD Athlon 64 FX-53, AMD Athlon 64 mobile and desktop, and Mobile AMD
Sempron processor customer can now use the built-in EVP capability when enabled
by Windows XP SP2. For businesses and enterprises using the AMD Opteron
processor, EVP will be enabled with the upcoming release of Microsoft Windows
Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2003 for 64-bit Extended Systems.

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