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Hate to ruin your day, but… Boffins cook up fresh Meltdown, Spectre CPU design flaw exploits

Hate to ruin your day, but… Boffins cook up fresh Meltdown, Spectre CPU design flaw exploits

In short, the team have discovered new ways for malware to extract sensitive information, such as passwords and other secrets, from a vulnerable computer’s memory by exploiting the Meltdown and Spectre design blunders in modern processors. The software mitigations being developed and rolled out to thwart Meltdown and Spectre attacks, which may bring with them performance hits, will likely stop these new exploits.

Crucially, however, changes to the underlying hardware probably will not: that is to say, whatever Intel and its rivals are working on right now to rid their CPU blueprints of these vulnerabilities may not be enough. These fresh exploits attack flaws deeply embedded within modern chip architecture that will be difficult to engineer out.

Source: Hate to ruin your day, but… Boffins cook up fresh Meltdown, Spectre CPU design flaw exploits

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