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Re: Massive Intel Chip Security Flaw Threatens Computers
Posted by: Jack M. Germain 2018-01-04 00:54:42
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A design flaw in all Intel chips produced in the last decade is responsible for a vulnerability that puts Linux, Windows and macOS-powered computers at risk, according to multiple press reports. The flaw reportedly is in the kernel that controls the chip performance, allowing commonly used programs to access the contents and layout of a computer's protected kernel memory areas. The Linux kernel community, Microsoft and Apple have been working on patches to their operating systems to prevent the vulnerability.


Re: Massive Intel Chip Security Flaw Threatens Computers
Posted by: Wormwood 2018-01-05 07:18:59 In reply to: Jack M. Germain
"...Intel on Wednesday characterized the reports as incorrect..."

Seems to be the 'new normal' for companies, be it a designed-in bug which has existed for years, or a designed-in stupid engineering-design trick to do away with user-replaceable batteries.

The 'millennial mentality', also known as 'Facebook' mentality: "It's not wrong if you don't get caught. If you do get caught, deny everything. NEVER admit to any culpability."
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