Foreshadow: Third major security gap in Intel processors

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And a third serious security gap in Intel processors identified researchers, who could exploit hackers to smuggle sensitive information. The new gap named Foreshadow is the third after Spectre and Meltdown, which was discovered this January.
Intel has already released a “patch” limiting the problem, which concerns “chips” made after 2015, according to the BBC and the Reuters agency. The US company, however, has reassured it, saying on the one hand that it does not know reports of a real cyber-violation in its processors and that its future chips will be so constructed that they are not vulnerable to Foreshadow. The discovery of the new security gap was made by a team of collaborating researchers from the Catholic University of Louvre in Belgium, the University of Adelaide in Australia and Michigan in the United States. After the researchers scanned Foreshadow and intel confidently, the company discovered by itself two other security gaps, of relatively lesser importance. This time, the problem became publicly known after Intel had learned about Foreshadow and had in the meantime set up a security update to temporarily -even partially- tackle the gap until it gave the final solution to the new generation of computers in development. This has allowed large companies that offer cloud computing services (Amazon, Microsoft, Google, etc.) to deploy the patch on their servers. But it did not prevent the fall of Intel‘s share in the US stock market, as soon as it became known -albeit deferred- the new problem with Foreshadow. On the other hand, AMD‘s competing processor has announced that its own products are not affected by the new security gap. Cybersecurity experts reiterated the typical advice that individual users must download and install on their computers any security updates available for their operating system.   Source: www.sofokleousin.gr
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