Security Updates Shows All Phones, Computers At Risk of being hacked by the modern days hackers.There’s a security flaw that’s going on currently. Security researchers have found out that a set of security flaws could let hackers steal sensitive information from nearly every modern computing device containing chips from Intel Corp, Advanced Micro Devices Inc, and ARM Holdings, according to their reports on Wednesday.
Intel seems to be a special target for one of the bugs while another affects laptops, desktop computers, smartphones, tablets and internet servers. Well, this doesn’t seem to go well with this giant companies, as they think it could be fixed, because Intel and ARM insisted that the issue was not a design flaw, but it will require users to download a patch and update their operating system.
Let’s go deeper to ascertain what they mean, the first known as Meltdown affects Intel chips and lets hackers bypass the hardware barrier between applications run by users and the computer’s memory, potentially letting hackers read a computer’s memory and steal passwords. While the second which goes by the name Spectre, affects chips from Intel, AMD and ARM and lets hackers potentially trick otherwise error-free applications into giving up secret information.
Microsoft declined to comment on an information going around by researchers who said Apple Inc and Microsoft Corp had patches ready for users for desktop computers affected by Meltdown. According to Daniel Gruss, one of the researchers at Graz University of Technology who discovered Meltdown, he stated that its probably one of the worst CPU bugs ever found” in an interview with Reuters.
Meltdown is a more serious problem in a short-term than the other, Daniel said but that it could be stopped with security patches. Spectre is more difficult for hackers to take advantage of but the security patches is not that easy. Spectre could be a big problem in the long term.
Intel has already begun testing fixes according to Krzanich who said Google researchers told Intel of the flaws “a while ago”. Also, the spokesman Phil Hughes said that patches had already been shared with the companies’ partners, which include many smartphone manufacturers.