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moke123
post Jan 4 2018, 09:42 AM
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this doesn't look too good - NYT - Flaws in worlds computers
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Larry Larsen
post Jan 4 2018, 09:47 AM
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Hi
Was have a look this morning.. updates most happen soon: Rush to fix 'serious' computer chip flaws
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GroverParkGeorge
post Jan 4 2018, 09:54 AM
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Microsoft has announced their first fix.

No doubt, other software makers will be doing the same.

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GroverParkGeorge
post Jan 4 2018, 09:56 AM
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The main problem, IMO, is that this has been left to fester for months and who knows what damage has already been done.


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post Jan 5 2018, 06:44 AM
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What leads you to believe they have been festering about it? Issues at the very core of how a chip functions is probably not something that can be fixed in a single day.

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post Jan 5 2018, 06:59 AM
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Good point.

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JonSmith
post Jan 5 2018, 09:57 AM
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Google made Intel was made aware of it in June 2017 (Sorry cannot remember the specifics) but only are actioning things now. The CEO also sold huge numbers of stock in November, he sold 10 times what he normally would and only held onto the minimum stock possible to remain the CEO. Its extremely suspicious as if he was selling all that stock before the news went public so his stock didn't devalue.

I think this has all the signs of being festering for a long time and company bigwigs covering it up to save their own money with little concern of plugging the security leak and more concern about keeping it quiet.
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post Jan 5 2018, 11:05 AM
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Good summary of the current state of play here - better than then press-release-copied drivel being spouted on the news.


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cheekybuddha
post Jan 5 2018, 02:28 PM
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Or for a more succinct summary: see here

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DanielPineault
post Jan 5 2018, 03:08 PM
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Been around for a decade so no one knows if it has been exploited before, nor how extensively.

Linux already had a fix out yesterday (maybe earlier).
MS apparently have a fix for Win10, the other OS have to wait (this seems to be there new tactic to try and push people towards Win10). I jut hope their fix doesn't break other aspects as been the case with many MS updates recently.
Now Apples has officially announced it impacts all of there products - Macs, iP... (because there was a doubt somehow?!).

The only true fix would be new CPUs. As if that's going to happen worldwide to all impacted products. In the near future, there's gonna be a lot of sales of new chips.... and a lot of lawsuits as well.


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