Marcha 20, 2018

Security Flaws Threaten Virtually All PCs, Phones

06 Enero 2018, 06:23 | Crisanna Felipe

Intel responds to reports claiming design flaw in chipsets; says it is working with tech companies to resolve the issue

Critical chip flaw affects Intel, AMD and ARM

Security vulnerabilities in widely used Intel processors made over the last two decades could affect computers, mobile phones and cloud servers.

It said it had begun providing software and firmware updates to mitigate the exploits, but played down their severity.

Shares of Intel plummeted by 3.4 percent following the report but nudged back up 1.2 percent to $44.70 in after-hours trading. Mohsen as video games news reporter along everybody in ultragamerz work hard to bring you all the gaming news from direct and trusted sources.

Serious security flaws which could allow hackers to access sensitive information on computer systems are being investigated. That's because Intel processors "since 1995" are vulnerable to Meltdown, according to Google researchers.

For context, the analyst says to bear in mind the same '90s bug that Rasgon mentions; a bug that cost Intel almost a whopping $500 million to replace the defective CPUs at the time.

A software update by Microsoft that fixes the security flaw could cause the performance of the Intel chips to slow down by as much as 30%, according to a report from The Register on Tuesday.

Likewise, you can read detailed papers on Meltdown [PDF] and Spectre [PDF]. We will be keeping you up to date regarding the matter so stay tuned to SegmentNext for more information.

Both Meltdown and Spectre take advantage of a common function of processors - the central technology that drives a computer. It is also harder to completely defend against or patch Spectre, given that the attack vector involves architectural design choices in all modern processors that would be hard to "undo" now or in the future.

Researchers at Google said they found flaws affecting computer processors built by Intel and other chipmakers. The Cupertino brand also launched iOS 11.2 and tvOS 11.2 alongside it and assured users that the Apple Watch isn't affected. Spooky! The official (simplified) explanation of each bug is listed below. In other words, it's bad. Here are their plans. (NASDAQ:AMD) investors are seizing on today's crack in the rival's sentiment, sending surging 9%.

Update - The story has been updated with Intel's response.

The foreign power factor: Hurd expects the conversation to in part focus on tactics and goals of cyber powers around the world, including Russia and North Korea.

Microsoft has released several updates to help mitigate these vulnerabilities.

Because the details of any potential Intel CPU flaw are unknown, experts couldn't agree on the severity of the reported flaw, but did note that KASLR attacks are difficult to perform. It will be exhibiting at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week. Intel's CEO has confirmed the issue was first discovered by Google's Project Zero team. This includes microcode from device OEMs and in some cases updates to AV software as well. Before the problems became public, Google on its blog said Intel and others planned to disclose the issues on Jan. 9.

For now, whether you're a PC user or a system administrator responsible for hundreds of servers, install the patches.

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