Spectre-like “Foreshadow” Flaw In Intel CPUs Discovered

[Aug 16, 2018]

Top US chipmaker Intel Corp. on Tuesday confirmed that more severe security flaws were found in some of its microprocessors that that may leave users vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

While the chip-maker giant is still dealing with Meltdown and Spectre processor vulnerabilities, Dubbed Foreshadow, the new attacks include three new speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities affecting Intel processors.

The Foreshadow attacks could allow a hacker or malicious application to gain access to the sensitive data stored in a computer’s memory or third-party clouds, including files, encryption keys, pictures, or passwords.

Cyber Security Tips:

  • According to Intel, none of these attacks so far appear to have been seen in the wild, and the company has started releasing patches for all the new speculative execution flaws. Users are recommended to check the status of the security patches to install.


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