Chip flaws could affect every New Brunswicker with a computer

06 Enero, 2018, 01:22 | Author: Enrique Watson

There is much technical information with high level of details available for both Meltdown and Spectre, so I won't get into a lot of technical detail here. But that's a massive amount of stock that Krzanich dumped, and holding the minimum isn't a great look. The sale allowed Krzanich to whittle his holdings down to about 250,000 shares, the minimum he is required to own under Intel's rules. The problem is, is that this particular attack exploits that attempt to try and make processing fast.

The flaws were discovered over the last several months independently by several teams, including Google's Project Zero security team, researchers at Graz University of Technology in Austria, the University of Adelaide in Australia and the universities of Pennsylvania and Maryland, along with researchers at security firms Cyberus Technology, Rambus and Data61.

Apple has admitted that a pair of security vulnerabilities in processors affect 'nearly all' iOS devices and Mac computers.

IDC estimated that there are 1.5bn PCs in use around the world today, out of which 90pc are powered by Intel processors. "G Suite customers and users do not need to take any action to be protected from the vulnerability".

Firstly, it's important to understand what the flaws actually entail. The flaw revealed on Monday affects most Intel processors manufactured since 1995. They access protected areas of memory to potentially decode and read.

Widespread hardware replacement is not a viable option "for almost everybody", he said.

The lead cloud provider, Amazon, also said on Thursday that it did not expect performance to be severely impacted. They have been given the James Bond-esque names Meltdown and Spectre. Intel said Wednesday that it has already provided some firmware updates to system manufacturers.

They do not allow takeover or modification of machines and operating systems, so it is not a traditional malware actor.

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The two vulnerabilities, "Spectre" and "Meltdown", could even allow an attacker to steal passwords as a user typed them.

The issues affect billions of devices worldwide, and Spectre is particularly difficult to mitigate, according to the researchers.

Software that could be used to expose that data includes Javascript routines that are commonly run on computers simply as a result of visiting websites.

What are 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre?'

Meteorologists have named the storm Winter Storm Greyson, he added, "making it the first storm ever named after a child throwing a tantrum in line at Whole Foods". Dukes said the two vulnerabilities each require a separate response.

In Germany, the BSI Federal Office for Information Security, similarly found no evidence of any "active exploitation" of the flaw, but still sector players to protect themselves "as quickly as possible". If Intel is right, it will have closed a major security flaw in its processors.

Apple has already pushed out 'mitigations' to help defend iOS devices and Macs against Meltdown, the company said.

But, as we previously reported, vulnerable chips may eventually have to be physically replaced en masse.


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