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The revelation that practically every processor made in the past couple of decades is affected by at least one variant of Meltdown and Spectre, the names given to multiple versions of the same general execution vulnerability, shook the tech industry pretty hard. It also led to further discoveries of similar bugs. The most of recent example is called SPOILER, and AMD has a message for anyone who is in the market for a CPU. "We are aware of the report of a new security exploit called SPOILER which can gain access to partial address information during load operations. We believe that our products are not susceptible to this issue because of our unique processor architecture," AMD says. That is not... Read more...
Just when we thought that the worst was over with respect to speculative execution hardware exploits like Spectre, we get hit with another whopper. Such is the case with a new Intel processor vulnerability dubbed Spoiler. Spoiler is similar in concept to Spectre, and was discovered by researchers at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. But while Spoiler relies on speculative execution (i.e., a processor performing tasks that it “predicts” may be requested by the user in the future, and storing that data in memory), existing Spectre mitigation solutions are not applicable. This is not only bad news for Intel, but also customers that rely on Intel processor platforms... Read more...