Researchers have revealed a new flaw in the Intel chip that will enable hackers to steal private data from your device’s microprocessors. This fresh piece of terrible news has been revealed to us on Tuesday.
The research was reported by Wired, according to whom, this fault makes millions of PC’s vulnerable. It is a gaping wound for four different kinds of attacks which might lead to hackers stealing encrypted code and passwords – the fundamental building blocks of a computer’s security.
Four Horsemen of the Intel apocalypse
Multiple researchers spread across more than half a dozen organizations on Tuesday, when the information was revealed. The flaw has been found in the same family of chips in which exists the Meltdown and the Spectre. Furthermore, they have some similarities – it affects the data stored in the chip that the hardware requires to process functions faster, and it requires the hackers to run malicious software on your computer to be able to steal the data stored on it.
The announcement indicates that the fresh revealing of these flaws (like the Meltdown and the Spectre) have gone on to show that this is an area that needs intense research and study. And maybe the above-mentioned flaws aren’t the only ones and more are yet to appear as one moves down the road.
Intel and other chip makers face the adversities of addressing these new faults without compromising the performance of their microprocessors.
How to keep yourself safe
In a statement, Intel said that to keep oneself safe from the onslaught of malicious events the system needs to be regularly updated as the flaw has been removed from the chips belonging to the 8th and 9th generation, as well as the Intel Xeon Scalable processor family’s second generation.
Other chips can be fixed with updates run in the microcode. Thus, the problem can be solved without meddling with the microprocessor’s hard-coded features.