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Recently Google and Microsoft found a new critical Spectre-like vulnerability in processors (CVE-2018-3639 or Variant 4). We won’t go into an explanation of how it works this time, but instead, see how processor manufacturers reacted to this announcement. Intel and AMD recommended to install new patches, that like the previous ones are going to affect the performance of CPU, older processors in a greater degree...

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It is difficult to say how much time it will take to patch the holes in AMD processors. CTS-Labs claimed that AMD did not respond to their claims yet. Like in Intel’s case, it can take months to fix the issues end even then no hardware changes can be done to the existing devices, so some threats would still loom over the users. Market analysts...

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It was difficult to miss the news about two critical vulnerabilities, Spectre and Meltdown, which flooded the Internet in the beginning of this year. Nevertheless, it was something that companies were aware since last summer. Many of them chose to ignore it until Google Project Zero published the details of vulnerability this year. It looks like Intel was one of those companies. Even though Intel...

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2018 had a terrible start for IT industry: two massive threats were made known to the public (and consequently to the criminals). We wrote about Meltdown and Spectre before describing the problem. Then we said that that the situation is being dealt with and fixes are being released, so why are we still talking about it?   Few complications became prominent. One of them is that fixes...

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IT industry is still trying to assess consequences of recently discovered vulnerabilities in Intel CPU architecture, that were given names Meltdown and Spectre. Meltdown mostly affects Intel processors that were released in the last 20 years, Apple A processors, some ARM Cortex cores, while AMD seems to be unaffected. Spectre, however, affects almost every processor.   To reduce the threat developers came up with multiple solutions,...

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