Meltdown and Spectre bug puts literally all phones, computers at risk

Meltdown and Spectre bug puts literally all phones, computers at risk #MeltdownAndSpectre #Intel #Apple

Many technology companies continued to release security patches to try to mitigate concerns arising from the disclosure of Meltdown and Specter bug affecting almost all micro-processors equipping computers and smartphones.

The Intel and its competitors AMD and ARM said Wednesday that a large number of models of micro-processors – the chip that runs computer servers, computers and mobile phones, could potentially be hacked and allow the access to information stored on the device or server, such as passwords or encryption keys.

Failures confirmed by the US agency in charge of cybersecurity (CERT), which also indicated “not aware” of hacking attempts using these flaws, dubbed Meltdown and Specter bug, spotted by Google’s security experts.

Intel, ARM, and AMD, as well as other technology companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Google, or Mozilla, have started releasing patches and security updates to mitigate the problem.

In turn, Apple confirmed Thursday night that Meltdown and Spectre bug affected all Mac and iOS devices.

“All Mac systems and (mobile) iOS devices are affected but there is no known attack at the moment,” the firm said Apple on its official blog.

To avoid any possibility of hacking, Apple “advises to download applications from safe sites, such as the App Store,” and said it has released patches to limit the possible impact of Meltdown and Spectre bug”

In a new statement released on Thursday, Intel said it would have by the end of next week “released updates for more than 90 percent of its processors released in the past five years.”

Despite this, Intel has again lost nearly 2% Thursday after having already closed down 3.40% yesterday due to Meltdown and Spectre bug.

The concern is that the overwhelming majority of electronic and computer devices manufactured in recent years around the world are equipped with such chips.

According to some experts, about the fault affecting the chip itself, only its replacement by a microprocessor designed differently would provide long-term protection, a prospect with serious consequences for the entire sector.

That said, they also say, hacking these processors requires a very high technical level, limiting the risks according to them.

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