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BitDefender has discovered a flaw in Intel processors that affects all their users

Aug 07.2019Security

All modern Intel processors are affected by this flaw, whether they are used by companies or ordinary people.

BitDefender has discovered a flaw in Intel processors that affects all their users was reviewed by Ionut Tutica
At the BlackHat Las Vegas conference, BitDefender representatives announced the vulnerability of inter-processors, and attackers who know them can give them full power to blackmail, spy, sabotage and steal data.

All modern Intel processors are affected by this flaw, whether they are used by companies or ordinary people. Computer security specialists from Bitdefender have discovered a new vulnerability in Intel processors, just three months after the latest similar alert. A computer attack based on this vulnerability allows access to all the information available on the operating system, including passwords, access codes, private conversations and sensitive documents.

The attack leaves no trace and cannot be detected, however, a discovery by BitDefender can bypass all the remediation mechanisms implemented after the Specter and Meltdown vulnerabilities were discovered. Gavin Hill, vice president for data center and network security products at Bitdefender says, Researching these attacks is truly revolutionary as it gets to the very essence of how modern processors work and requires a deep understanding of processors, operating systems and speculative execution techniques ,

Resolving such a vulnerability at the hardware level is extremely difficult, since it resides in the processor structure itself. In order for it to be completely removed, there are only two solutions: either some functionality of the processor is responsible, responsible for its performance, or it is physically replaced. On the other hand, the variant of punctual vulnerability remediation can be extremely complex, with visible impact on performance.

Currently, the vulnerability has been remedied by a software update from Microsoft, the Linux Foundation, and other operating system developers.

The Bitdefender Hypervisor Introspection technology, launched in 2017 and intended to secure virtual environments used by companies, makes this attack impossible to exploit on Intel processor devices.

About three out of four processors in the global market are manufactured by Intel, which makes a significant number of users worldwide exposed to the risk of becoming potential targets.
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