Certain Intel processors implement the Execute Disable Bit functionality, thus preventing certain classes of malicious “buffer overflow“ attacks — when combined with a supported operating system. Although not a new technology, Intel is aggresively providing end-to-end workstations and servers this year.
Execute Disable Bit currently requires one of the following operating systems to support it:
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1
- Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2
Read Intel’s article here.