Intel Security Flaw Puts Smartphones & Computers At Risk — Meltdown & Spectre

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Originally spotted by The Register, the kernel vulnerability leaves the chips vulnerable to hackers who can exploit security bugs.

The issue is particularly difficult to resolve because most cybersecurity vulnerabilities happen on software, which is easier to fix than hardware flaws.

Should my son or daughter be aware?

But Chrome users need to update their browsers, as do Chrome OS users.

Despite the fact that the researchers verified Spectre can work on chips from AMD, Intel's long-time wannabe foil in the chip market, the company insisted its processors were not subject to the same risks as Intel's chips.

Production and cleanroom facilities at work in Intel's D1D/D1X plant in Hillsboro, Oregon, in April 2017. In ultragamerz we provide the most recent news of technology and gaming. Because, sadly, these vulnerabilities can apparently be triggered using web browsers. But not everyone will get the heads-up, which means that potentially, there are millions of devices that will remain vulnerable.

In its statement, Intel tried to downplay the effect of these exploits, saying they "do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data".

Intel has been contacted for comment. The statement, which led to more questions than answers regarding severity and the potential performance penalties of a fix, at least made it clear that something serious was afoot. It's still unclear how the flaw and any update fixes will affect Apple computers.

In the meanwhile, it looked like CERT/CC's recommendation would be really hard to carry out. These papers will supply you with great detail. It appears to be a big undertaking, requiring a retooling of core operating functions to fix.

Your Intel-powered machine will run slower as a result.

"From these traces, we can find out some information about the data that it was processing", Dr Yarom explained. That feature has been used in almost every Intel processor since 1995, and is used by many AMD and ARM processors today. This attack allows a program to access the memory, and thus also the secrets, of other programs and the operating system.

Alphabet Inc.'s Google Project Zero, in cooperation with industry and academic researchers from several countries, discovered the flaws. At present, any untested device is considered to be affected. "During speculative execution, the processor is verifying these assumptions; if they are valid, then the execution continues", said Parseghian.

The flaw which allows malicious agents to steal sensitive information like passwords and other secret data from your computer and even smartphones, became public this week.

The original Windows 10 version is receiving KB4056893 (Build 10240.17738) - for enterprise only. To access the update, Windows 10 users should find their settings menu, tap "Update and Security", then tap "Check for Updates".

Among the affected OSes, Linux and macOS have already received patches to fix the problem last month. Intel, AMD, ARM - and anyone else we've not heard about thus far - have fixes already in place or in the mix with hardware manufacturers in which their products reside.

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