A new and serious security gap has been identified and concerns Intel processors that have been manufactured since 2011. The security gap was named “ZombieLoad” by computer security experts because of the inability to process specific data from processors. As a result, this ‘zombie’ data packets create a security gap in Intel’s hardware, with the consequence, if a computer is infected, that the attacker can detect any browsing that the user is doing on the Internet.
This is because uncontrolled data includes sensitive information stored in the processor, such as passwords, secret keys, private messages, etc. According to the up today data, “ZombieLoad” is a security gap equivalent to “Meltdown” and “Specter” identified in early 2018.
Experts believe it can attack the most widely used operating systems today, such as Windows, Android, Chrome, iOS, Linux and MacOS. Desktop computers, laptops, and virtual systems are vulnerable to “ZombieLoad” vulnerability. Apparently the vulnerability concerns Intel Atom and Knight processors, Intel Xeon, Intel Broadwell, Haswell, Sandy Bridge and Skylake, as well as Coffee Lake, Whiskey Lake, Kaby Lake and Cascade Lake processors.
“ZombieLoad” vulnerability is addressed by properly updating the software of a computer, which should be done by all users as exposure to vulnerability leaves no significant signs. That is, a computer may be infected and the user will not notice the slightest. Microsoft has already released a patch for all Windows operating systems.
On the same path, Apple released (on Monday) a correction patch for the macOS Mojave 10.14.5 operating system. Google, for its part, has upgraded software for Android and Chrome, and the company’s data centers have made similar actions.