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  • Intel Releases New Spectre Patches for Skylake CPUs

    02/08/2018 1:35:43 PM PST · by bitt · 17 replies
    security week ^ | 2/8/2018 | Eduard Kovacs
    Intel has started releasing new microcode updates that should address one of the Spectre vulnerabilities after the first round of patches caused significant problems for many users. The company has so far released new firmware updates only for its Skylake processors, but expects updates to become available for other platforms as well in the coming days. Customers and partners have been provided beta updates to ensure that they can be extensively tested before being moved into production. The chipmaker started releasing microcode patches for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities shortly after the attack methods were disclosed by researchers. However, the...
  • Nunes Statement on FBI, DOJ Objections to Release of HPSCI Memo

    01/31/2018 12:52:48 PM PST · by janetjanet998 · 263 replies
    House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes issued the following statement today: “Having stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year, it’s no surprise to see the FBI and DOJ issue spurious objections to allowing the American people to see information related to surveillance abuses at these agencies. The FBI is intimately familiar with ‘material omissions’ with respect to their presentations to both Congress and the courts, and they are welcome to make public, to the greatest extent possible, all the information they have on these abuses. Regardless, it’s clear that top officials used unverified information in...
  • Intel told Chinese firms about chip flaw before US gov: report

    01/29/2018 9:06:04 AM PST · by datricker · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/28/18 | OLIVIA BEAVERS
    Intel told Chinese firms about chip flaw before US gov: report Intel Corporation initially warned a handful of customers, including several Chinese technology firms, about security flaws within its processor chips, while at the same time not telling the U.S. government, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. Security experts told the newspaper that the decision could have allowed Chinese tech companies to flag the vulnerabilities to Beijing, giving the Chinese government opportunity to exploit them. Jake Williams, head of the security company Rendition Infosec and former National Security Agency (NSA) employee, told the Journal that it is a “near certainty”...
  • Microsoft works weekends to kill Intel's shoddy Spectre patch (Windows patch Intel's bad "fix")

    01/29/2018 5:25:36 AM PST · by dayglored · 19 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 29, 2018 | Richard Chirgwin
    Out-of-band patch may assuage user anger over Intel crudware, closed-club disclosure process Microsoft has implemented Intel's advice to reverse the Spectre variant 2 microcode patches.Redmond issued a rare weekend out-of-cycle advisory on Saturday here, to make the unwind possible.Intel's first patch was so bad, it made many computers less stable, sending Linus Torvalds into a justifiable meltdown last week.Chipzilla later withdrew the patch, but it had made its way into a Microsoft fix, which the company pulled on Saturday.“Our own experience is that system instability can in some circumstances cause data loss or corruption,” Microsoft wrote, adding “We understand that...
  • Intel reports strong quarterly growth, forecasts $1.3 billion windfall from tax cuts (MAGA Profits!)

    01/26/2018 8:48:13 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 14 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | 01/25/2018 | Mike Rogoway
    Intel finished 2017 on a high note with revenue that handily topped expectations - especially in its key data center group, according to quarterly financial results issued Thursday afternoon. The company said it expects a $1.3 billion windfall in 2018 from the federal tax overhaul approved last month and said it will give nearly half of it to shareholders through a 10 percent increase in the company's dividend. The news sent Intel's shares up 3.75 percent in after-hours trading, to $47 a share. Intel's stock remains near its highest-point since the dot-com era.
  • Linus Torvalds declares Intel fix for Meltdown/Spectre ‘COMPLETE AND UTTER GARBAGE’

    01/22/2018 6:51:07 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 46 replies
    techcrunch ^ | 22 Jan 2018 | Devin Coldewey
    Is Intel really planning on making this shit architectural? Has anybody talked to them and told them they are f*cking insane? They do literally insane things. They do things that do not make sense. That makes all your [i.e. Woodhouse’s] arguments questionable and suspicious. The patches do things that are not sane. …So somebody isn’t telling the truth here. Somebody is pushing complete garbage for unclear reasons. Sorry for having to point that out. ...Intel, for its part, offered the following statement: “We take the feedback of industry partners seriously. We are actively engaging with the Linux community, including Linus,...
  • Hillary Aide, Abedin, Forwarded US State Dept Passwords to Yahoo Before Hacking by Foreign Agents

    01/22/2018 5:37:33 AM PST · by Liz · 32 replies ^ | 1/02/18 | LUKE ROSIAK
    Huma Abedin, top aide to then-Secy of State Hillary Clinton, routed sensitive information,including passwords to government systems, to her personal Yahoo email account before every single Yahoo account was hacked, a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis of emails released as part of a lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch shows. Abedin, the top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, used her insecure personal email provider to conduct sensitive work. This guarantees that an account with high-level correspondence in Clinton’s State Department was affected by one or more of a series of breaches—at least one of which was perpetrated by...
  • The Evidence Inside The “House Intel Committee Four Page FISA Memo

    01/19/2018 7:57:25 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 134 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | January 19, 2018 | sundance
    To understand the Four Page House Intelligence Memo at the heart of today’s FISA Abuse stories, it helps to understand why the memo is needed.  We wrote about the issue in a March 2017 outline called: “The Nunes Paradox”  – SEE HEREAs the year-long story has unfolded, there are two central components at the heart of the political corruption and weaponization of the DOJ and FBI:♦First, corruption within the DOJ and FBI that included their use of unlawful use of FISA-702 exploits; and ♦Second, how that intelligence information was extracted, passed along to those outside government, repackaged, and reconstituted into...
  • For the Naysayers who don't believe Good is Winning the War (8:26video Q Anon)

    01/15/2018 3:47:00 PM PST · by ransomnote · 21 replies ^ | Jan 15, 2018 | Youtube vlogger Dustin Nemos
    Video at link is 8:26 minutes in length. Dustin Nemos is an excellent source of calmed informed updates on Trump's war against the swamp and Q Anon.
  • Here's how much the Meltdown and Spectre fix hurt my Surface Book performance

    01/13/2018 7:40:06 AM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    PC World ^ | 12/13/17 | Gordon Mah Ung
    As a performance junkie, I’m less concerned about the security risks of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities—after all, there are no known exploits in use today—than I am about a performance hit from the fixes.And from what I’m seeing, my concerns are warranted.My sole experience with a fully updated platform so far is with Microsoft’s original Surface Book. It’s based on an Intel “Skylake” Core i7-6700U and has 16GB of LPDDR3 and a 512GB Samsung 950 Pro NVMe drive. The Surface Book is running the 64-bit Windows 10 Pro Fall Creator’s Update.[ Further reading: How to remove malware from your...
  • New Security Flaw Hits Intel, Laptops this time

    01/12/2018 10:50:57 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies ^ | 01/12/2018 06:01 PM | Hilbert Hagedoorn
    F-Secure has reported another serious flaw in Intel hardware, which could enable hackers to access corporate laptops. Standard password of Intels Management Engine BIOS Extension are rarely changed and can invoke business laptops vulnerable to unauthorized remote access, claims F-Secure. Intels Management Engine BIOS Extension, or MEBx, contains the standard log-in combination 'admin', 'admin' and because many users simply do not change it, according to F-Secure this opens the door to an easy to set-up attack. Attackers can open the BIOS Extension during startup with Ctrl + P, even if the user has set a bios password. Then they can manage settings of the Management Engine, reports"The issue...
  • BSOD w/ newest MS patch - what to do ??? Help !

    01/09/2018 4:35:41 PM PST · by sushiman · 31 replies
    1/9/18 | sushiman
    Yesterday , my wife shut down our HP before I could stop Windows Updates for the time being until MS gets the patch issue resolved . Athlon 2 prosessor / Windows 7 / 64 bit . After rebooting a few times yesterday we got the computer to work again and I left it on all night so I could use this morning . Seemed to be working OK but after I went into Windows Update to check download history - where I discovered the newest patch had been installed " successfully " - and then closed that window and again...
  • Microsoft Patches for CPU Flaws Break Windows, Apps

    01/08/2018 4:26:46 PM PST · by bitt · 62 replies
    security week ^ | 1/8/2018 | Eduard Kovacs
    Users have complained that the updates released by Microsoft last week for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities cause Windows to break down on some computers with AMD processors. Several individuals whose computers rely on AMD processors, particularly older Athlon models, say they are unable to start Windows 10 after installing KB4056892, an update released by Microsoft in response to the disclosure of serious flaws affecting Intel, AMD and ARM processors. The security holes have been dubbed Spectre and Meltdown and they allow malicious applications to bypass memory isolation mechanisms and access passwords, photos, documents, emails, and other sensitive information. Both...
  • 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' FAQ: What Mac and iOS users need to know about the Intel, AMD, and ARM flaw

    01/08/2018 12:45:49 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    iMore ^ | January 5, 2018 | By Rene Richie
    A series of flaws have been discovered in Intel, AMD, and ARM chipsets that allow speculative references to be probed for privileged data. "Meltdown" is a flaw currently believed to affect only Intel processors and "melts security boundaries which are normally enforced by the hardware". "Spectre" is a flaw that affects Intel, AMD, and ARM processors due to the way "speculative execution" is handled. Both could theoretically be used to read information from a computer's memory, including private information like passwords, photos, messages, and more. Apple has apparently already started patching Meltdown in macOS. Here's what you need to know....
  • Spectre and Meltdown processor security flaws – explained

    01/05/2018 6:33:00 AM PST · by Red Badger · 38 replies ^ | Thu 4 Jan ‘18 09.20 EST | Samuel Gibbs
    What are Meltdown and Spectre? Do they only affect Intel chips? Will the fixes slow my computer … and what even is a processor? Meltdown and Spectre are the names of two serious security flaws that have been found within computer processors. They could allow hackers to steal sensitive data without users knowing, one of them affecting chips made as far back as 1995. What are Meltdown and Spectre? Meltdown is a security flaw that could allow hackers to bypass the hardware barrier between applications run by users and the computer’s core memory, which is normally highly protected. Spectre is...
  • Major chip flaws affect billions of devices

    01/05/2018 6:05:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | January 4, 2018: 9:44 AM ET | by Selena Larson
    Two major flaws in computer chips could leave a huge number of computers and smartphones vulnerable to security concerns, researchers revealed Wednesday. And a U.S. government-backed body warned that the chips themselves need to be replaced to completely fix the problems. The flaws could allow an attacker to read sensitive data stored in the memory, like passwords, or look at what tabs someone has open on their computer, researchers found. Daniel Gruss, a researcher from Graz University of Technology who helped identify the flaw, said it may be difficult to execute an attack, but billions of devices were impacted. Related:...
  • The Spectre Bug aka Spectre Attack – What You Need To Know

    01/04/2018 10:41:43 AM PST · by Gennie · 25 replies
    Stronghold Cyber Security ^ | 01/04/18 | Jason McNew
    Like the Meltdown bug, the Spectre bug is a hardware bug in the form of a CPU design flaw. Unlike the Meltdown bug which only affects Intel processors, the Spectre bug impacts Intel, AMD, and some ARM (used in many smart phones and other mobile devices) processors. These three are by far the most common CPUs on the planet, running literally billions of devices. In a Spectre attack, the CPU is tricked into executing instructions that it normally would not, causing leaks in the victims memory address space.
  • Kernel panic! What are Meltdown and Spectre, the bugs affecting nearly every computer and device?

    01/03/2018 6:43:24 PM PST · by markomalley · 54 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 1/3/18 | Devin Coldewey
    If you’re confused by the avalanche of early reports, denials, and conflicting statements about the massive security issues announced today, don’t worry — you’re far from the only one. Here’s what you need to know about Meltdown and Spectre, the two huge bugs that affect practically every computer and device out there. What are these flaws? Short answer: Bugs at a fundamental level that allow critical information stored deep inside computer systems to be exposed. Security researchers released official documentation — complete with nicknames and logos —  of two major flaws found in nearly all modern central processing units, or...
  • Emergency Windows Meltdown patch may be incompatible with your PC

    01/04/2018 10:05:16 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 50 replies
    techrepublic ^ | January 4, 2018, 3:40 AM PST | By Nick Heath |
    Microsoft has warned some PC users they will not be able to apply an emergency Windows patch because their security software is incompatible. The out-of-bounds update was issued by Microsoft yesterday to address the Meltdown and Spectre flaws in Intel chips. These vulnerabilities affect most PCs and servers, and can be exploited to allow an attacker to read sensitive information, such as passwords, from protected memory. The Spectre flaw also affects AMD chips, but is considerably more difficult to exploit, as well as a small number of Arm-based processors. However, not every Microsoft system will be able to apply the...
  • The Meltdown Bug aka Meltdown Attack For Intel Processors – What You Need To Know

    01/04/2018 8:53:30 AM PST · by Gennie · 32 replies
    Stronghold Cyber Security ^ | 01/04/18 | Jason McNew
    What is the Meltdown bug? Most of the bugs that make the news are software bugs, but the Meltdown bug is a hardware bug (in the form of a design flaw) that affects Intel processors going back several generations. In a nut shell, the Meltdown bug is a brand new way to (possibly) steal your information.