Intel Struggling To Fix Hardware-Based Loopholes

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As per security researchers, chipset making giant Intel has been struggling to fix hardware-based security flaws in its processors that could potentially leak confidential data from a PC or server.

according to a report in PC Mag, security researchers from the VUSec group at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam said that this company is still coming up short on patching the vulnerabilities.

Two different groups of academics said they were capable to exploit the chip flaws on the 9th-generation Intel “Cascade Lake” processors, which were supposedly designed to stop such attacks.

The researchers also added that “Unfortunately, until there is sufficient public/industry pressure, there seems to be little incentive for Intel to change course, leaving the public with a false sense of security.”

Intel had announced fixes that it said would fix the most recent problems rising from the loophole earlier in May, which were brought to its attention by security researchers in Europe.

Currently, Reports suggest that the last repair did not stop all the ways attackers could take advantage of the loophole, forcing it to take further action this week.

The problem deals with two hardware-based flaws, named “ZombieLoad” and “RIDL” (Rogue In-flight Data Load).

Intel processors have been designed to predict and pre-fetch computing instructions as the system runs to achieve the speed boosts.

According to security researchers, the report also added that you can also trick the same processes into pre-fetching confidential data from the machine before leaking it.


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