January 4, 2018
Two massive security flaws could put billions of people worldwide at risk of being hacked, in a shocking lapse affecting nearly all devices.
Meltdown and Spectre flaws could let cyber criminals steal passwords and other data from nearly every computing device containing chips from Intel, AMD and Arm.
The bugs affect desktops, laptops, servers, smartphones and tablets, as well as smart devices like baby monitors powered by processors from these manufacturers.
Patches have been created by a number of device manufacturers to try and plug the huge security holes, but fixing the underlying issue will be extremely difficult.
Security researchers at Google’s Project Zero computer security analysis team, in conjunction with academic and industry researchers from several countries, discovered the two flaws.
Meltdown, which is specific to Intel chips, lets hackers bypass the hardware barrier between applications run by users and the computer’s memory, potentially letting hackers read a computer’s memory.
This article was posted: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 8:53 am