A new processor architecture has been developed at the University of Michigan which would significantly improve the security of devices powered by it. The unhackable chips will basically be able to thwart attacks before they even begin. This would put to rest the existing security model of bug patches.
The MORPHEUS chip can do this by encrypting and randomly reshuffling important bits of its own code and data for 20 times per second. That’s much faster than the time it would take for the human hackers to deploy electronic hacking techniques to gain access.
“People are constantly writing code, and as long as there is new code, there will be new bugs and security vulnerabilities,” said Todd Autin, a professor of computer science and engineering at the university. He’s a developer of this new system. Austin adds that “Today’s approach of eliminating security bugs one by one is a losing game.” Even if a hacker finds a bug in MORPHEUS, the information that would be required in order to exploit that vulnerability will basically disappear 50 milliseconds later.
“With MORPHEUS, even if a hacker finds a bug, the information needed to exploit it vanishes 50 milliseconds later. It’s perhaps the closest thing to a future-proof secure system,” Austin concluded.