Intel shares fall as chip flaws dominate tech giant news

Doris Richards
January 13, 2018

The latter is, however, a harder exploit for hackers to carry out. Such a leak could potentially expose stored passwords and other sensitive data, including personal photos, emails and instant messages. Meltdown was detected by researchers working for Google Project Zero, and was reported to Intel in June previous year.

Well, that was the good news you needed to hear if you were anxious about the security structure of your Xbox One.

"What actually happens with these flaws is different and what you do about them is different", said Paul Kocher, a researcher who was an integral member of a team of researchers at big tech companies like Google and Rambus and in academia that discovered the flaws. The company said it believes there "is near zero risk to AMD products at this time". "As it is not easy to fix, it will haunt us for quite some time", the researchers said, explaining why they chose to call the flaw Spectre. 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.

Intel shares fell almost 2 per cent on Thursday as investors were anxious about the potential financial liability and reputational damage from the recently disclosed security issues.

Most of the immediate fixes will be limited to the Meltdown bug.

Yesterday, a lot of AMD fans were celebrating as it was discovered that Intel's CPUs were affected by a fundamental design flaw (codenamed 'Meltdown').

The underlying flaw in all microprocessors, dubbed Spectre, also leaves machines running on ARM and AMD architecture vulnerable.

Anyway, Intel says that it will continue working with its partners to address the recently-revealed problems.

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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. Chip makers will have to redesign future processors that will be protected against the exploits and its variants.

The bugs also affect cloud-computing services powering much of the internet.

ARM said patches had already been shared with its customers, which include many smartphone manufacturers.

There are limits to what consumers can do now to protect their computers.

The leading chipmakers Intel, AMD and ARM are facing a vulnerability that afflicts "modern computing devices" and can grant hackers access to sensitive data.

That's not to say nothing can be done.

While the patches could minimise the effect to an extent, the Registers and few users suggested that this could result in the operating system's performance slowdown. Gruss said Meltdown was the more serious problem in the short term but could be decisively stopped with software patches. Mozilla says it's also implementing a short-term mitigation that disables some capabilities of its Firefox browser. The most important action users can take right now is to make sure they are current on any software updates, said Ghosemajumder.


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