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A Critical Intel Flaw Breaks Basic Security for Most Computers (Meltdown and Spectre)

"Earlier this week, security researchers took note of a series of changes Linux and Windows developers began rolling out in beta updates to address a critical security flaw: A bug in Intel chips allows low-privilege processes to access memory in the computer's kernel, the machine's most privileged inner sanctum."

Nvidia releases patches for chip exploit also affecting Intel and AMD

"Santa Clara-based chipmaker Nvidia Corp. this week said it's releasing patches for a wide-reaching security flaw that also impacts rivals Intel Corp, Advanced Micro Devices and ARM Holdings."

Microsoft halts AMD Meltdown and Spectre patches after reports of unbootable PCs

"Microsoft has paused distributing its Meltdown and Spectre security updates for some older AMD machines after reports of PCs not booting. Microsoft’s support forums have been full of complaints from PC owners with AMD processors, and the software giant has acknowledged the issues today. Microsoft is blaming AMD’s documentation for the unexpected problems."

ARM Says About 5% of Its Chips Have Hack Vulnerability

"ARM Holdings Plc., whose technology is at the heart of most major mobile phone components, said about 5 percent of chips made using its designs and intellectual property are vulnerable to the potential hardware hack known as Spectre, revealed by technology companies last week."

Intel to set up new group to focus on hardware security

"Chip maker is reportedly planning to form a new group to focus on hardware security as it scrambles to limit the impact of recently discovered security flaws in chip designs."

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