Germany calls on chip and hardware makers to tackle processor flaws

“Germany’s federal cyber agency called on chip and hardware-makers to address new vulnerabilities discovered in computer central processing units, but said no complete fix was possible at the moment,” Reuters reports. “The BSI agency said its analysis showed the new flaws, dubbed Spectre-Next Generation, resembled the Meltdown and Spectre bugs discovered in January and could allow attackers to access personal data such as passwords and encryption keys.”

“‘No complete eradication of the flaws is possible at the moment; the risk can only be minimized,’ it said in a statement,” Reuters reports. “Temporary measures were needed since vulnerable processors and affected computer systems could only be swapped out in the longer-term, the agency said on Friday. BSI also called on cloud and virtual solution providers to immediately investigate the impact of the flaws on their products, and respond along with the manufacturers of system components.”

“A German computing magazine called c’t reported earlier this month that researchers had found eight new flaws that resembled the Meltdown and Spectre bugs,” Reuters reports. “It said Intel Corp planned to patch the flaws and some chips designed by ARM Holdings, a unit of Japan’s Softbank, might be affected. Work was continuing to establish whether Advanced Micro Devices chips were vulnerable.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We’ll drink to that!

Interns, tap away! Prost, everyone!

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  1. Germany’s federal cyber agency called on chip and hardware-makers to address new vulnerabilities discovered in computer central processing units

    If Germany’s federal cypher agency had bothered to follow the Spectre news, they’d know that frantic attempts to patch and to keep up with new exploits have been ongoing for months! Nagging at the firemen to stop a fire is only noise and distraction. How about giving or lending them more resources and support? That might speed things up relative to nags.

  2. A design *flaw*? As if to say, “Whoopsie. It would seem as though our chip design has… a flaw.” Flaws are what labs are for.

    As if all of Intel’s upper level chip designers, with all of their doctoral degrees don’t seem to have the slightest clue what they’re doing. Fumbling their way along, through trial and error, to somehow, get their designs to perform correctly, all for naught. And then, Intel has the audacity to knowingly release the product commercially, and then magically fix any boo-boo with a software patch (band-aid). This seems absurd.

    Intel released the hardware with a known vulnerabilty, and chose not to fix it until someone discovered it. Problem is, someone did.
    It’s about the money. Always is. Think about all the millions of chips that go to China and how they play into Beijing’s plans to monitor their population.

    It’s not a flaw, it’s a feature.

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