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BlueHat IL 2018 - David Weston - Windows: Hardening with Hardware

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Published on Feb 1, 2018

The security features of modern PC hardware are enabling new trust boundaries and attack resistance capabilities unparalleled in software alone. These hardware capabilities help to improve resistance to a wide range of attacks including physical attacks against DMA and disk encryption, kernel and remote code exploits, and even application isolation through virtualization.

In this talk, we will review the metamorphosis and fundamental re-architecture of Windows to take advantage of emerging hardware security capabilities. We will also examine in-depth the hardware security features provided by vendors such as Intel, AMD, ARM and others, and explain how Windows takes advantage of these features to create new and powerful security boundaries and exploit mitigations. Finally, we will discuss the new attack surface that hardware provides and review exploit case studies, lessons learned, and mitigations for attacks that target PC hardware and firmware.

Speaker Bio:
David Weston is a group manager in the Windows team at Microsoft, where he currently leads the Windows Device Security and Offensive Security Research teams. David has been at Microsoft working on penetration testing, threat intelligence, platform mitigation design, and offensive security research since Windows 7. He has previously presented at security conferences such as Blackhat, CanSecWest and DefCon.

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