{Hardware} vulnerability bypasses Spectre and Meltdown patches



James Martin/CNET

A brand new {hardware} vulnerability bypassing earlier Spectre and Meltdown protections has been discovered by Bitdefender researchers, CNET sister website ZDNet reported Tuesday. It impacts all Home windows programs with Intel processors since 2012 and might entry protected reminiscence.

Spectre and Meltdown are vulnerabilities uncovered within the chips that deal with delicate knowledge like passwords and encryption keys. Chips initially affected when the vulnerability was revealed again in January 2018 included Intel and AMD or these designed by Arm.

The newest bug, referred to as SWAPGSAttack, could possibly be used to secretly monitor and take data off a pc. Whereas it really works round earlier patches, you possibly can defend your self through the use of a safety replace launched in July after Bitdefender labored with Intel and Microsoft on the difficulty for a yr.

“Clients who’ve Home windows Replace enabled and utilized the safety updates are protected robotically,” a Microsoft spokesperson instructed ZDNet. 

“Intel, together with trade companions, decided the difficulty was higher addressed on the software program degree and related the researchers to Microsoft,” an Intel spokesperson added to ZDNet.

SWAPGSAttack was revealed through the Black Hat hacker convention Tuesday.


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