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Intel chip design flaw that could let hackers access passwords

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2018/01/03/intel-chip-design-flaw-hackers-access-passwords-hidden-info/1001947001/

“An attacker can run code on an affected processor, which leaks information stored in the computer’s memory. This includes things like passwords and cryptographic keys, as well as information needed to more effectively exploit other vulnerabilities,” said Craig Young, a researcher at computer security company Tripwire.

But the potential for a broad attack was far larger than most security weaknesses hardware makers spot. It could potentially affect almost all computers built in the past two decades. Exactly how difficult such attacks might be to pull off, and how much information could be gained, was not clear.

Intel is taking heat after it was revealed CEO Brian Krzanich privately learned of two vulnerabilities in its semiconductors before selling millions of dollars in company shares.

 

Possibly one potential "back door" closed to government entities?

 

Also reported here ...

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/02/intel_cpu_design_flaw/

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I've stuck with AMD cpus since around 2000 or so in all my Main PCs. I forget the specs on this one I got last Feb, I'd have to look for the Build Sheet but pretty sure it's got 8 Cores. Of course my Dell factory refurb Laptops have all been Intel. I think one of them, the Newer one is getting ready to Quit on me. The sound has gone from the Int speakers and I grabbed a couple Ext USB speakers on the cheap for that one. The Older laptop is still running like a champ much longer than I expected though the battery doesn't hold the charge anymore.

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Steve Gibson who does the weekly podcast with Leo Laporte called "Security Now", developed a tool that helps detect if your computer is vulnerable and how the applied fixes may or may not slow down your computer.

https://www.grc.com/inspectre.htm

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On ‎2‎/‎11‎/‎2018 at 8:06 PM, microg said:

Steve Gibson who does the weekly podcast with Leo Laporte called "Security Now", developed a tool that helps detect if your computer is vulnerable and how the applied fixes may or may not slow down your computer.

https://www.grc.com/inspectre.htm

I miss TechTv and "The Screen Savers" with Leo. The Easiest thing is Not open ANY Email attachments unless you know who they're from or click any Links on Junk mail. I've hit Browser Hi-Jackers but easily get rid of them with my Avast or Malwarebytes. Was running Panda AV for years but lately Avast & AVG were scoring better than them so I switched. A couple times I had to DL the trial version of HitMan Pro. I haven't been hit with Any real virus since Sasser32 way back in the W98 days. Just be Smart, that's all and you should Never have a problem. 

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