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Major Security Flaw Puts World's Computers at Risk

Major Security Flaw Puts World's Computers at Risk

Friday, 17 May, 2019 - 04:45
A sign is posted at the Intel company headquarters on July 20, 2011 in Santa Clara, California. AFP
London - Hisham el-Kouha
Cyber security researchers have uncovered four new security flaws that may be used to steal user information and personal data in Intel's processors.

Intel calls the newly discovered flaws "Microarchitectural Data Sampling," or MDS for short.

According to the Wired website, MDS are similar to Meltdown and Spectre (two flaws discovered in 2008), yet, they are easier to execute, and target Intel processors manufactured since 2008. AMD and ARM chips don't appear to be vulnerable to their attacks.

All security processors flaws work the same by targeting computers, laptops, and servers used in cloud computing such as those provided by Amazon, Google, and Microsoft cloud services.

In an interview with Wired, Intel said its researchers discovered the flaws a year ago, and reached some solutions for both hardware and software. The company claims that the processors shipped in April were free of this flaw.

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