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Tech & Science Intel is still struggling with the truth about its processor security flaws

18:05  13 november  2019
18:05  13 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Intel has been struggling to patch security flaws in its processors , but it has also been misleading customers about fixes. A new report reveals Intel missed While the chip maker may have implied the problems were solved, that couldn’t be further from the truth . The New York Times reports that the

Plaintiffs claim compensation for security flaws and alleged slowdown that fixing computers will Users can do little to avoid the security flaws apart from update their computers with the latest Forrest also suggests Intel may have to increase its chip development spending to focus on security .

a clock sitting in the middle of a watch © Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Intel revealed a new set of security problems with its processors earlier this year, and issued fixes to resolve them. While the chip maker may have implied the problems were solved, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The New York Times reports that the fixes earlier this year only patched some of the security vulnerabilities that researches had discovered.

In a report, The New York Times interviewed key security researchers who discovered the latest round of processor vulnerabilities. Dutch researchers at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam first reported a range of security issues to Intel back in September 2018, and Intel patched some of the problems in May. Intel issued another round of security updates earlier this week, but problems still exist.

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Last May, when Intel released a patch for a group of security vulnerabilities researchers had found in the company’s computer processors , Intel implied that all the problems were solved. But that wasn’t entirely true

That flaw has existed for more than two decades. And we’re just finding out about it now. It’s called that because it basically melts down the built-in security between programs on your computer, and Designing processors and computers is an extremely difficult and extremely expensive proposition

These researchers have kept quiet about the issues for eight months, providing Intel vital time to develop fixes. Intel even asked the security researchers to alter a paper they were planning to present, after it was clear the chip maker needed more time and it didn’t want the flaws to become public knowledge.

a circuit board: intel cpu © Photo by Vlad Savov / The Verge intel cpu

In advance of Intel’s latest patches, released on Tuesday, the company was notified of more unfixed flaws and asked researchers to once again stay silent, but they’ve refused. These security researches have now revealed that Intel didn’t properly test vital proof-of-concept code that was provided back in September 2018, and that the company is not fixing the root of the problem.

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What are Meltdown and Spectre? Do they only affect Intel chips? Will the fixes slow my computer … and what even is a processor ?

The processor will execute its predictions if they’re needed, or discard them if they’re not. Both Meltdown and Spectre leaked sensitive data stored briefly in the processor , including secrets Big tech is stepping in to patch newly disclosed security flaws affecting almost every Intel chip since 2011.

At the heart of these issues are the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities that were originally discovered in processors in January 2018. When these were first disclosed, researchers warned that variants and other consequences of the bug would appear for years to come. Intel isn’t fixing the core problem in existing processors, which would mean a redesign, instead it’s an endless game of whack-a-mole to patch each variant that pops up.

The bigger issue is still that Intel lacks transparency over these processor issues. The company tried to downplay the problems early on, with confusing and carefully worded statements. We’re now approaching two years since these key processor flaws were discovered, and Intel is still misleading its customers over the status of fixes.

“There are tons of vulnerabilities still left, we are sure,” says Herbert Bos, a professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, in an interview with The New York Times. “And they don’t intend to do proper security engineering until their reputation is at stake.”

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