Patches available for 90 percent of recent chips by next week — Intel

Patches available for 90 percent of recent chips by next week — Intel

The security threat affects devices including personal computers, mobile devices and cloud computing platforms and allows hackers to steal critical information generally protected within the kernel memory.

On the other hand, Google offered few details about the concerns and will release a full report soon.

A blog post from the team at the Graz University sets out the difference between the two flaws.

Intel said researchers from 'Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft are among those reporting that they are seeing little to no performance impact' after installing security updates.

Now, Intel has spoken out on the issue, claiming that it isn't specific to Intel and that AMD and others are affected as well.

While hackers are known for exploiting weaknesses in software, this hardware weakness will likely have a lasting impact on the tech firms who produce processing chips.

The second flaw is called Spectre, which affects the processors from Intel, AMD and ARM. It allows an attacker to trick error-free programs, which follow best practices, into leaking their secrets. Intel has begun providing software and firmware updates to mitigate these exploits. We successfully tested Meltdown on Intel processor generations released as early as 2011.

The good news is that if you are using Google Apps/G Suite, you don't need to take any action. However, server side chips and most PC's in the world are facing security risks. It's essentially a normal process where queueing up tasks for the processor leads to a situation where data is more easily accessible to an attacker.

To be clear, the security research team identified three variants targeting speculative execution.

Not completely. But they have tough partial fixes. However, it can be stopped with software patches.

The modern CPU architectures assume that there are certain things which work around the kernel.

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

So, how then can Intel claim to grant its chips immunity to this hole? There haven't been any reports of this happening yet, but it's worrying that it's been present for so long on millions upon millions of devices.

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