Leaky Processor Thursday


Security researchers on Wednesday disclosed a set of security flaws that they said could let hackers steal sensitive information from nearly every modern computing device containing chips from Intel Corp, Advanced Micro Devices Inc and ARM Holdings.

One of the bugs is specific to Intel but another affects laptops, desktop computers, smartphones, tablets and internet servers alike. 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 to fix.

“Phones, PCs, everything are going to have some impact, but it’ll vary from product to product,” Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said in an interview with CNBC Wednesday afternoon.

Researchers with Alphabet Inc’s Google Project Zero, in conjunction with academic and industry researchers from several countries, discovered two flaws.

The first, called 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. The second, called Spectre, affects chips from Intel, AMD and ARM and lets hackers potentially trick otherwise error-free applications into giving up secret information.


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15 Responses to Leaky Processor Thursday

  1. Den says:

    Too bad we are all heavily invested in our computers, the chance of catastrophic failure is high yet we persist knowing the dangers but in our best performance ignore the danger before us. I remember typewriters and actually repaired them. They were a communication tool also however there were no vulnerabilities to prevent one from typing what they please from being stolen or corrupted. Ah they were simpler times then.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    A whole 84 minutes to the Birch & Barley after stops at the optometrist’s office to pay the bill and up Bishop Blvd to the hospital for my CT scan, then back down to the restaurant.


    • David B. Benson says:

      The shortest route home takes 38 minutes, about 12 minutes less than the clockwise return up the College Hill Climb and Maple Street Extension. So today’s excursion was 122 minutes of stick walking. Along Spokane Street a lost new student asked the way to Stephens Hall, the dorm she had just moved into. So I explained while continuing to walk because it was the same direction for awhile.

      Day 5: 205+122=327 minutes.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Dow Jones just over 25,000 today.


    • Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

      Which always means exactly nothing to me. Thile I have no idea what it means, a big number sounds like a good thing.


  4. Den says:

    Rare Duck-Owl spotted in local sink:


  5. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Duck owl, lol. The baby owl is cute, someone tying to save it, I guess.


  6. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Phone was dead this morning, dug out my never used cell phone and called Frontier to report the problem. Had to talk to someone in California instead of the Frontier office in Stockbridge. It’s always weird talking to people, I’m such a hermit. First the guy asked about the horrible storm hitting me. No, that’s on the east coast, I’m in Michigan. Oh, is that in the mid west?

    Then I mentioned him in the state with legal pot, he said everyone mentions that to him on the phone but he personally is against it. I said it should be decriminalized, putting people in prison and having to use out tax dollars to keep them there, it’s time to stop that.

    I was about to call AAA about the car insurance about to be due but couldn’t. A half hour later, the damn phone was working. I called Frontier back to cancel the Saturday repairman and called AAA. Halfway thru the call my phone went dead! Right after the lady gave me their email address for me to send a copy of Bob’s death certificate. I ended up sending it, thinking that woman would get it and call me. I wrote a note in my email w/ my phone number.

    My phone was back again, waited to see if the woman would call, she didn’t so I called AAA back. Of course, got a different person but she was able to help, found who it was I had talked to, emailed that woman who said, yes, she got Bob’s D cert and she was getting things together for me and would call. Which she did a couple hours later.

    As we got near to the end of our business but before I could give her my credit card number, the phone started to make a lot of static. Fortunately, we were able to conclude the business deal in between static. So, I got Bob’s name off the insurance and have it in my name. Check that one off.

    I wanted to call my friend Diane tonight so she could cheer me up but my phone was dead. Shit. Tomorrow, I’ll either have to call for service again, or the phone will be working.

    Next thing on my to-do, dread list: Pete & I going to the Veteran’s place in Lansing to see if there is any money laying around for Bob’s widow. Widow, oh my god, that’s the first time I thought of that word or used it. I’m a widow. 😦


    • Den says:

      Try another phone outlet and a different cord if you have a spare first then call the phone company, tell them you are having call drops constantly. Anything from them to your house is their problem, in your house is your problem, check wires and connections in the house first.


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