The new security flaw in Intel chips could affect millions

The new security flaw: Intel has shown another hardware security defect which may affect millions of servers around the world.

By Tech Hunt

The new security flaw in Intel chips could affect millions


The bug is embedded in the design of computer hardware, and it can’t be completely fixed.

“With a large enough data sample, time or control of the target system’s behaviour,” the flaw could allow attackers to see data thought to become off-limits, Bryan Jorgensen, Intel’s senior director of product assurance and security, said in a video statement.

However, Intel said Tuesday there’s no evidence of anyone exploiting it out of a research lab. “Doing so successfully in the actual world is an intricate undertaking,” Jorgensen explained.

It’s the most recent revelation of a hard-to-fix vulnerability affecting chips that undergird smartphones and private computers. Two bugs knew Spectre and Meltdown set panic from the tech sector this past year.

The new security flaw in Intel chips


Intel said it has already addressed the difficulty in its newest processors after working for weeks with business partners and independent researchers. Additionally, it is released code upgrades to mitigate the threat in elderly chips, even though it can not be removed entirely without changing to newer chips.

Leading tech firms Google, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft all released advisories Tuesday to educate users of their devices and software, many of which rely on Intel hardware, how best to mitigate the vulnerabilities.

As firms and individual citizens progressively sign their electronic lives over to”the cloud” — an industry term for banks of servers in remote data centres — the digital gates and drawbridges keeping millions of people’s data secure have come under increasing scrutiny.

It could affect millions


In many cases, those barriers are at the level of central processing unit, or CPU — hardware that has traditionally observed little attention from hackers. But last year that the processor industry was shaken by news which Spectre and Meltdown could theoretically enable hackers to leapfrog these hardware hurdles and steal some of the most rigorously held data on the computers included.

Although security experts have debated the seriousness of the flaws, they are onerous and expensive to patch, and new vulnerabilities are discovered regularly.

“That really is really a very, very serious type of attack,” Botezatu said. “This makes me very, very sceptical about these hardware barriers set in place by CPU vendors.”

Intel said that it discovered the flaw on its own but credited Bitdefender, several other security companies and academic investigators for notifying the business about the issue.

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