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LIFE Meltdown & Spectre – Are We Safe?

Meltdown & Spectre – Are We Safe?

06 01 2018 Saturday
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2018 has just started and security threats have already begun to affect computers and phones all over the world. The two malware known as Meltdown and Spectre are affecting Intel, AMD, and ARM processors, which are found in all PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Google’s Project Zero’s security researchers found it in United States of America .

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According to researchers, Meltdown basically breaks the security boundaries which are normally enforced by the hardware."Spectre, on the other hand, "breaks the isolation between different applications" and thus allowing "an attacker to trick error-free programs, which follow best practices, into leaking their secrets." A large portion of the world's computer processors are under attack. Google’s Security researchers have released official documentation — complete with nicknames and logos — of two major flaws found in nearly all modern central processing units, or CPUs. It’s not a physical problem with the CPUs themselves, or a plain software bug you might find in an application like Word or Chrome but it is in between, at the level of the processors’ “architectures,” the way all the millions of transistors and logic units’ work together to carry out instructions.

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Security of the computers and devices has reached its peak point. Last year too, many such attacks took place. Well! We scientists only built the computers and made it secure but it seems that hackers know more about it in detail.




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