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Microsoft, Amazon, and Google React To Flaws Found In Intel Chips

Microsoft, Amazon, and Google React To Flaws Found In Intel Chips

"This might include your passwords stored in a password manager or browser, your personal photos, emails, instant messages and even business-critical documents". Meltdown was detected by researchers working for Google Project Zero, and was reported to Intel in June past year. Researchers say the other is harder to fix and "will haunt us for quite some time". Are you anxious about your system's security?

Intel paid hundreds of millions of dollars to recall its Pentium processors after the 1994 discovery of the "FDIV bug" that revealed rare but real calculation errors.

Amid a frantic rush to patch a computer security flaw, experts struggled Thursday to determine the impact of a newly discovered vulnerability which could affect billions of devices worldwide. The Redmond giant released yesterday an emergency update with kernel fixes to protect Windows users from the security flaw, highlighting that the security exploit is serious but hasn't been actually used for now.

Most of the immediate fixes will be limited to the Meltdown bug.

CHIPMAKER Intel is facing multiple class-action lawsuits over the "Meltdown" and "Spectre" vulnerabilities affecting all of its x64-64x processors from the last decade.

AMD said there is "near zero risk" to its own processors, either because its chips are designed differently, or security fixes for Microsoft Windows and other operating systems will take care of the problem. The worldwide community of coders that oversees the open-source Linux operating system, which runs about 30% of computer servers worldwide, has already posted a patch for that operating system. This means that all mobile devices that use ARM architecture (and that's pretty much all of them) are now in danger of attack.

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Apple confirmed that Spectre and Meltdown affects its Mac and iOS devices.

Patches either already have been released or are being rushed out by Intel as well as OS and cloud providers including Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Apple.

Microsoft said that it has been working with manufacturers to counter vulnerabilities and protect customers.

There is no evidence that hackers have been able to exploit the weaknesses and they would need to have the specific malware installed first, so hackers wouldn't be able to randomly try to take control of just any system connected to the internet.

That's not to say nothing can be done. Based on the analysis to date, many types of computing devices - with many different vendors' processors and operating systems - are susceptible to these exploits. But AMD also told its customers that "total protection from all possible attacks remains an elusive goal" and encouraged them to regularly update their software.

Apple had a partial fix for the problem and is expected to have an additional update.


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