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Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities: All you need to know

Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities: All you need to know”

The flaw affected chips from Intel and mobile chip designer ARM Holdings. The flaw affects only computers with Intel processors and the ones with AMD CPUs are not affected. So far Intel is not aware of exploits based on the two vulnerabilities. "This might include your passwords stored in a password manager or browser, your personal photos, e-mails, instant messages and even business-critical documents". This means that AMD users are mostly safe compared to those who have Intel CPUs on their computers.

The flaws are unlikely to hit the average American in the same way that incidents like the Equifax data breach did.

"Businesses and consumers should update operating systems and apply patches as soon as they become available".

A blog post from the team at the Graz University sets out the difference between the two flaws.

Microsoft and Google have said they expect few performance problems for most of their cloud computing customers.

Security researchers revealed the existence of Meltdown and Spectre on Wednesday.

Tech scandals appear to be in fashion in the first days of 2018. Google explained that it's more difficult to exploit Spectre than Meltdown but added that it's also harder to mitigate Spectre's risk than Meltdown.

"Brian's sale is unrelated", and Intel spokeswoman said in an email. The researchers have tested Meltdown on Intel CPUs released as early as 2011. The threat and the response to the three variants differ by microprocessor company, and AMD is not susceptible to all three variants. But in this case, Intel was forced to disclose the problem Wednesday after British technology site The Register reported it, causing Intel's stock to fall. To run a device faster, processors must be able to anticipate what data the device will need for whatever it's going to do next.

"In addition, many operating system vendors, public cloud service providers, device manufacturers and others have indicated that they have already updated their products and services", the company said."In addition, many operating system vendors, public cloud service providers, device manufacturers and others have indicated that they have already updated their products and services", the company said.

CHIPMAKER Intel is facing multiple class-action lawsuits over the 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' vulnerabilities affecting all of its x64-64x processors from the last decade.

A newly discovered exploit in most modern computer processors could make your computer or phone vulnerable to attacks.

Due to its presence, ordinary user programs can "see" the structure of the protected part of the kernel's memory and identify the place of storage of confidential information. It closed down $1.59, or 3.4%, to $45.26.Some on Wall Street think that Intel's loss could mean gains for rivals: AMD and Nvidia could use it as a marketing edge.

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