Happy Thursday, here's some new Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities to cheer you up, including the first Meltdown flaw to which AMD chips are vulnerable to delayed exception handling. That brings the tally to seven Meltdown and 14 Spectre flaw variants which effect modern processor architecture; the only good news is not all chips are vulnerable to all flaws. Intel told The Register that these flaws can be mitigated with software while the researchers pointed out that these vulnerabilities were successfully carried out on patched systems; AMD declined to comment.
Of course, that doesn't matter if you choose not to install the software patches due to the performance hit which is a side effect to many of those mitigations.
"Computer security researchers have uncovered yet another set of transient execution attacks on modern CPUs that allow a local attacker to gain access to privileged data, fulfilling predictions made when the Spectre and Meltdown flaws were reported at the beginning of the year."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- NVIDIA on the Cause of RTX 2080 Series Card Failures @ [H]ard|OCP
- Indiegogo 'Guaranteed Shipping' Will Ensure Refunds If Campaigns Fail @ Slashdot
- Microsoft Office data telemetry breaches GDPR, Dutch investigators rule @ The Inquirer
- Intel to scale down processor shipments to DIY distributors in 4Q18 @ DigiTimes
- Samsung unveils next-generation 8nm Exynos silicon @ The Register