Just When Your Thought Security Was Getting Better..Think Again. Your Processor Is At Risk
This has a huge implications that every major OS manufacturer will need to address. Although the vulnerability is under wraps, for now, until system patches are released, you are at risk.
Essentially, modern Intel processors have a design flaw that could allow malicious programs to read protected areas of a device’s kernel memory (memory dedicated to the most essential core components of an operating system and their interactions with system hardware).
Things like your coveted passwords are risk because the flaw is rooted in x86-64 design and patches will be released in the coming weeks.
This flaw could potentially expose protected information like passwords. Since the error is baked into the Intel x86-64 hardware, it requires an OS-level overwrite to patch—on every major operating system, including Windows, Linux, and macOS.read more at gizmodo.com
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Every Intel processor since 1995 has a critical security flaw.
– it's kinda sorta patched
– the patch slows down your machine
– you can't avoid the patch https://t.co/GMFb34J7cQ
— Internet of Shit (@internetofshit) January 3, 2018
— The Verge (@verge) January 3, 2018
AMD expects to publish security research on the flaw later on Wednesday … we believe there is a near zero risk to AMD processors at this time. AMD rose slightly after AMD issued the statement. The stock had fallen after Intel issued its statement earlier.