Intel disclosed a new secret-leaking chip security flaw called Zombieload this week, which uses an attack similar to the one used in the Meltdown and Spectre exploits that were disclosed last year.

While Intel classified the threat as “medium,” security researchers have said Zombieload is far more serious. The vulnerability affects almost every Intel computer chip since 2011 and highlights how hackers could become savvier at targeting the security holes in Intel’s computer chips.

“On a scale of 1 to 10, this is ’10’ serious,” says Robert Siciliano, CEO of security awareness training firm Safr.me.

The Zombieload attack takes advantage of a design flaw in most Intel chips, allowing hackers to grab any data that was recently been accessed by the processor. The attack’s name is a reference to “zombie load,” which is when a computer processor can’t properly process a load of data and needs to ask for help in order to prevent a crash.

The bug was discovered by the same researchers at the Netherlands’ VU University and Graz University of Technology who found the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities last year, which affected chips in almost every computer in the world, made by Intel, AMD, and others. Those bugs leaked …read more

Source:: Fortune.com – Tech

      

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