Researchers at Intel are hinting at the forthcoming release of new technology that will virtually eliminate zero-day threats.
The hardware-based solution is innovative, as is does not depend on detecting threats based on the unique signature of the malware.
"I think we have some real breakthrough ideas about changing the game in terms of malware. We're going to see a quantum jump in the ability of future devices, be them PCs or phones or tablets or smart TVs, to defend themselves against attacks," Intel's CTO Justin Rattner told ComputerWorld.
Traditional software-based detection depends on a threat signature having been identified in order to create a protocol issued in antivirus updates to block the malware.
If a threat is newly created, chances are that the signature has not been identified and that an update to the antivirus software has not been released, hence the term 'zero-day threat'.
"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," Rattner said.
The hardware-based solution looks to be a significant game-changer in the security industry's battle against malicious code.
"The best security is a combination of hardware and software. Hardware security can be stronger and faster in some situations, but isn't as flexible as software-only mechanisms. The big change here is that it sounds like Intel is pulling security functions into the chip or the chipset," said Gabriel Consulting Group analyst Dan Olds.
Intel expects the solution to be available by as early as the end of 2011.