Rush to fix computer chip flaws

04 January 2018

Bugs could help hackers steal sensitive data


The rush is on to fix two major bugs in computer chips that could allow hackers access to sensitive information.

According to a BBC report, researchers said one of the security flaws, dubbed "Spectre", was found in chips made by Intel, AMD and ARM. The other, known as "Meltdown" affects Intel-made chips alone.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said there was no evidence that the vulnerability has been exploited, although the industry is thought to have been aware of the problem for months. It is believed they hoped to solve the problem before any details were made public.

Microchips are the basic electronic systems behind many devices such as computers and mobile phones. To work, they must move data around, using different types of memory to temporarily store it. In many cases, that information is supposed to be secure from attempts to access it. The two bugs mean that it could potentially be accessed by a third party.

Intel provides chips to about 80% of desktop computers and 90% of laptops worldwide. It  told the BBC that some fixes, in the form of software updates, have already been introduced and others will be available in the next few days.










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