Yet another security flaw in Intel chips
Another security flaw has been discovered in Intel’s computer chips, the third this year, say researchers.
The flaw, named Foreshadow, could be used by hackers to obtain sensitive information from computers released from 2015 onwards.
While Intel has already released a patch to mitigate the problem, this latest revelation is not good news for the company.
It has posted a full list of hardware affected by Foreshadow on its website.
According to an article on the BBC tech pages of its website: “Foreshadow was discovered by collaborative work by researchers from KU Leuven university in Belgium and others from the universities of Adelaide and Michigan.”
Intel subsequently discovered two further weaknesses.
Although there have been warnings that installing the mitigation patch could affect the collective processing power of companies using cloud computing platforms Amazon, Google and Microsoft have already installed fixes for this problem. Individual PC users are unlikely to face this problem, however.
As ever, we advise all our customers and clients to be mindful of their cyber security and to ensure that they download and install security updates promptly as soon as they become available.