Massive New Security Flaw in Intel Processors

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  1. KMyers

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    The internet is flooded with posts about a new flaw found in just about every Intel Processor manufactured in the past 10 years (and maybe more). This flaw impacts all operating systems including Windows, MacOs, Linux, Android, ChromeOS, etc.

    According to AMD, Intel's biggest rival - this does not impact AMD Processors.

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    Sadly the patch on Linux could decrease overall performance by %5-30% according to reports - https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/1/2/703

    I guess Ryzen is looking better an better
     
  2. ivoriesablaze

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    This doesn't have anything to do with the ME, does it?
     
  3. KMyers

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    Nope however there are a lot of details that are embargoed for now
     
  4. ivoriesablaze

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    So, if I understand this correctly, there is a huge security flaw that, when patched, will reduce CPU performance of up to 30%?
     
  5. KMyers

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    In a nutshell - the problem really needs to be fixed at the processor level however as it is not really something that can be done remotely, a OS level patch is the really the best alternative.
     
  6. twhiting9275

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    According to cNet this does indeed affect AMD, not just Intel
    The Hacker News says the same

    Definitely not just Intel related
     
  7. Nick Moline

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    There are actually 3 related vulnerabilities. The easiest to exploit (dubbed Meltdown) is only affecting Intel, the other 2 (dubbed Spectre) affect pretty much every processor architecture, even Arm based processors.
     
  8. KMyers

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    Yes, some of the initial news had errors with more accurate information posted a few days after. - then again I cant expect any better from mainstream news when it comes to reporting on tech.
     
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  9. Nick Moline

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    To be fair, even the more specialist news, and even the industry itself was sending a lot of conflicting stories for the first couple days. This was mostly due to the fact that the official papers were supposed to be embargoed for a few more days, but as some large groups (like AWS) were patching Meltdown early ahead of the paper release, there was a lot of speculation on the attacks based on the patches being applied. Meltdown had a patch first, so people started reporting about Meltdown before the papers were even released, and a lot of the mainstream media stuff was based on those initial bits of speculation.
     
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  10. twhiting9275

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    Fixed that for ya :)
    Not to quote a Trumpism, but most of the MSM facilities have been spreading 'fake news' for years and getting away with it. They just don't like that they're getting called on it now.

    I'm to the point that I have to double and triple check everything independently simply because there really is no trust in MSM, at least here in the US
     
  11. KMyers

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    I was not meaning this in a MSM conspiracy theorist way - simply that national newscasters often have no idea what they are reporting on when it comes to tech.
     
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  12. twhiting9275

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    I wouldn't call what I mentioned conspiracy theories by any means, but yeah I get your point there . Like I said, I've caught so much misinformation from those specific agencies it's not funny.

    Seems to be the rush is to get the story out, be the first, damn the facts.
     

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