The lovely part of the scenario is that the authentication happens immediately, allowing the machine to determine the authenticity of the device before any data or power is transferred between the connection.
When USB Type-C (aka USB-C) arrived a few years ago, it looked promising.
While having one cable for everything is incredibly convenient, the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) - the big kahuna of USB technology - is anxious about the future security of USB Type-C.
However, for now, the authentication program is going to be optional, which obviously will prevent it from having much effect.
USB-IF is a non-profit build specifically for the development of the USB standard, and it's being supported by companies such as Microsoft, Intel, Apple, HP, and many others. If you have a device that requires such accessories, it could simply refuse to recognize connections from uncertified cables. First, it's possible to damage your devices with faulty cables.
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USB Type-C Authentication empowers host systems to protect against non-compliant USB chargers and to mitigate risks from malicious firmware/hardware in USB devices attempting to exploit a USB connection. It will also include support for USB power delivery communication channels with 128-bit encryption for all authentication methods.
The program offers cryptographic-based authentication for USB-C devices and chargers, allowing any device to confirm the authenticity of the USB-C cord in question immediately as a connection is made. It's called USB Type-C and as you've probably noticed ...
Certain software policies will be imposed on Type-C devices that will allow OEMs to restrict certain USB functions on the basis of the certification status. The added cost of getting accessories certified could also mean higher prices for consumers.
"USB-IF [USB Implementers Forum] is excited to launch the USB Type-C Authentication Program, providing OEMs with the flexibility to implement a security framework that best fits their specific product requirements", USB-IF President and COO Jeff Ravencraft wrote in a media advisory.