Millions of computer processors worldwide contain serious security flaw
- Autor: Leon Brazil Ene 14, 2018,
Ene 14, 2018, 14:16
The security experts who discovered the issue, which they say affects an entire generation of computers, mobile devices and cloud networks, released a proof of concept code to confirm their reported findings.
Security issues with Intel Corp microchips are only slowing computers slightly, technology companies said, as researchers played down the need for mass hardware replacements to protect millions of devices from hackers.
Intel also said that the vulnerability is not unique to their products.
The security flaw in Intel chips allowed hackers to steal information from a memory of computer chips on some personal devices and data centers. Unfortunately, that capability is vulnerable to malicious actors who could access critical information stored in memory, including encryption keys and passwords. More technically, every Intel processor which implements out-of-order execution is potentially affected, which is effectively every processor since 1995 (except Intel Itanium and Intel Atom before 2013).
Almost all the devices that are "affected" or are "vulnerable" to the flaws, so all are open to attack.
Operating system vendors including Apple, Microsoft and Google are also pushing out fixes to mitigate the flaws, and software developers are working on patches to address the threat posed by Spectre. It noted that it had updated most of its systems and products with protections from attack.