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Computer Chip Security Flaw Puts PCs, Phones At Risk

Computer Chip Security Flaw Puts PCs, Phones At Risk

Ever since Google released two documents detailing the security flaws in nearly every CPU in the world right now, the consumers have patiently waited for a fix for their devices.

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Meltdown appears to only affect CPUs released by Intel, whereas Spectre also impacts processors from AMD and ARM-based chips in mobile & entertainment devices.

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

Apple confirmed that Spectre and Meltdown affects its Mac and iOS devices. It will release mitigations in Safari to defend against the Spectre bug "in the coming days".

"In addition, many operating system vendors, public cloud service providers, device manufacturers and others have indicated that they have already updated their products and services", Intel writes in the press release.

Initially, AMD told users its chips were not subject to the same sort of attacks as Intel's chips, but the company has since updated its stance to say its chips are only affected by some of the announced hacks, and these could be fixed with a simple software update. Google and Amazon are also updating their cloud services. However, as you know, Android updates don't roll out universally for everyone.

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Dell said it was "working with Intel and others in the industry to investigate and address the issue".

An unfortunate downside of the software updates is that they might slow your computers and smartphones. 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. A spokesperson for the company has said the transactions were "unrelated" to the flaws and were made "pursuant to a pre-arranged stock sale plan (10b5-1) with an automated sale schedule".

"Processor slowdowns trickle down from data centers to everyone using the internet", said Bryce Boland, chief technology officer for Asia at cybersecurity firm FireEye. It's the main brain that does most of the "thinking" in a digital device. The federal organization says that "fully removing the vulnerability" requires replacing the hardware already embedded in millions of computing devices.

"If you're going to disable this, then you're back to. many, many years ago, we're talking 10 years", he added.

Competing chip maker AMD has told Linux developers by email that its chips are not vulnerable to the types of attacks that the fix for the Intel chip is meant to address by isolating the kernel memory, The Register said.

Google had previously said that there is no single way to guard against the Spectre attack.


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