Processor exploit is 'near-zero' risk to its chips — AMD

Indeed, CERT/CC regularly consults with the Department of Defence, Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI on cybersecurity issues. "Due to differences in AMD's architecture, we believe there is a near zero risk to AMD processors at this time", the company said in a statement. Before the problems became public, Google on its blog said Intel and others planned to disclose the issues on Jan. 9.

Should my IT department freak out?

Hurd also indicated he'll work with other lawmakers to spearhead future congressional hearings in the House Subcommittee on Information Technology, which he chairs.

No known malware is currently exploiting the vulnerability, which is why companies are scrambling to get the fix published.

Should my son or daughter be aware?

That bulletin still warns that chips may need to be replaced. While Meltdown can be patched, no such fixes "currently exist for Spectre", the Australian-based, University of Adelaide and Data 61-affiliated researcher, Dr Yuval Yarom, said.

A user's computer's CPU operates in two modes: kernel mode and user mode. The Cupertino brand also launched iOS 11.2 and tvOS 11.2 alongside it and assured users that the Apple Watch isn't affected. Because, sadly, these vulnerabilities can apparently be triggered using web browsers. The second, called Spectre, affects chips from Intel, AMD [,] and ARM and lets hackers potentially trick otherwise error-free applications into giving up secret information.

These supposedly inaccessible tables contained references to physical memory. Both Intel and ARM have insisted that it was not a breach.

Intel did not immediately return requests for comment. The shares in AMD were up 1 percent to $11.77, dropping many of the gains they had incurred earlier in the day when reports suggested its chips were not affected. Out of the two flaws, Meltdown is worse, though it affects only Intel machines.

The fix will change the way the program attains memory for its processes. It appears to be a big undertaking, requiring a retooling of core operating functions to fix.

Operating system and software patches that address the exploits have already been released for Microsoft Windows, Google Android, the Linux operating system, Apple devices. This includes microcode from device OEMs and in some cases updates to AV software as well.

Your Intel-powered machine will run slower as a result.

The recommendations could have required Intel and other chipmakers to seriously reconsider how they design and build the next generation of processor hardware. While we do not know their name, I'd like to thank this developer/researcher for their legwork. No comprehensive patch for Spectre exists at the moment, but current systems can be defended with patches against specific exploits already identified.

Obviously, this puts a damper on Intel's presence in hardware ahead of CES as well as its battles against AMD and Qualcomm going into 2018. Have a peek are our full statements article for the whole bunch. Meltdown flaw can be fixed by a patch which builds a stronger wall of protection around the kernel.

Meltdown and Spectre - have been identified which could now leak your sensitive data like passwords, photos, business documents to hackers thanks to 'design flaws' in their manufacture.

What's next: The group intends to meet several times this year and issue reports from sub-groups once the group selects the topics to focus on this year.

"Intel has already issued updates for the majority of processor products introduced within the past five years".

Now if you're on Windows, all you have to do is head on over to Settings Update & Security Windows Update and hit "Check for updates".

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