© Sofokleousin.gr Security gaps have been detected in all pc and mobile processors around the world!
Alarm has sounded in the world of technology, as Google researchers, in collaboration with other cyber security experts, have announced that they have identified two major security gaps in almost all processors used on computers, mobile phones, tablets and other electronic appliances.
The two Meltdown and Spectre gaps that could be exploited by hackers (if they have not already done so) involving chips from the most famous manufacturing companies: Intel, AMD and ARD. Hackers could gain access to device memory as well as sensitive data such as passwords. Google revealed that the problem had been known to the manufacturers since the summer of 2017. But it has just leaked out by anonymous developers and became more widely known (initially through the technology website “The Register”), unfortunately before there is a complete restoration of cyber-security gaps, which is a challenge for hackers everywhere.
Companies involved, according to Reuters, argued that the problem is not related to hardware design errors and that it is dealt with as users install new security updates to the software (operating system) of their devices. They also said they were working urgently to fix “backdoors”. Some software upgrades will be available over the next few days, said Intel, which supplies 80 percent of personal desktop PCs worldwide and 90 percent of portable PCs.
It remains unknown whether and how many hackers have taken advantage of these gaps, although the Britain’s National Center for Cyber-Security, according to BBC, believes that this has not happened yet. Initially, it was the impression that the problem was only about Intel, but the company clarified that security gaps also exist in the chips of its competitors. The security gap named Meltdown refers specifically to Intel, while the second, called Spectre, concerns Intel, ARM and ARD chips.
ARM said, as the AMNA broadcasts, that it has already prepared “patches” that sent to smartphone manufacturers it supplies with chips. AMD claimed that:
“Its products face almost zero risk at the moment”.
Microsoft, using an Intel chip, said it would release security updates on Thursday, considering that there have been no cybercrime cases so far. Apple is also working on similar upgrades for its products.
Google said Android devices with the latest security updates in their operating system are protected and has assured that Gmail is safe and will soon release security updates for Chrome users and Chromebooks. Researcher Daniel Gross of the Austrian Graz University of Technology, one of Meltdown’s founders, along with analyst Jan Horn of Google, said:
“This is probably the worst problem in a central processing unit that has ever been found”.
But he reassured that it could be solved with the appropriate “patch” in the software. Intel has denied the concerns that have been released that the “patch” will make its chips up to 30% slower.
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