Intel facing multiple class-action lawsuits over Meltdown' and 'Spectre' chip flaws

Apple users haven't been spared in the great computer chip debacle

Apple users haven't been spared in the great computer chip debacle

Security researchers had disclosed two security flaws exposing vulnerability of almost every modern computing device containing chips from Intel, Advanced Micro Devices and ARM Holdings. This general objective technique is already live on the "entire fleet of Google Linux production servers that support all of our products, including Search, Gmail, YouTube, and Google Cloud Platform".

Apple confirmed that Spectre and Meltdown affects its Mac and iOS devices.

According to a new report fromMacRumors, Apple's fix came out at the beginning of December with the release of macOS 10.13.2.

Microsoft said that it has been working with manufacturers to counter vulnerabilities and protect customers.

Mr Tony Jarvis, chief strategist at security software firm Check Point Software Technologies, said Apple, which uses Intel products in its laptops and desktops, has also rolled out fixes for its products running on OS X.

It's not all good news for AMD, however, as another flaw has been found which can affect systems using Intel, ARM, and AMD.

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The two hardware bugs discovered can be exploited to allow the memory content of a computer to be leaked.

Major cloud services aimed at business customers - including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure - say they have already patched most of their services and will fix the rest soon. Gizmodo rounded up all three lawsuits, which essentially allege an inherent design flaw that will ultimately slow down performance once patches are in place. Rather, because key members of Google's Project Zero and data company Rambus told The New York Times that, at least in Spectre's case, this flaw is at such a level that it can not be fixed by any old security patch. The company in its presentation also says the exploits do not impact just "one architecture or processor implementation". It may well be true that the average users will not see much of a difference on their home computer, but the impact of Meltdown and Spectre is much more widespread than that. Fixes will involves software and firmware updates on both the hardware and the software sides.

Google said users of Android phones - who make up more than 80 percent of the global market - were protected if they had installed the latest security updates.

But the attacks do live up to their ominous names, because even if you were compromised, researchers said you likely wouldn't even know it.

Most viruses utilise flaws in software to gain access to your system.

Not patching the vulnerability not only puts the data in the chip memory at risk, but also provides an entry point to critical servers and the entire corporate network. Chrome web browser users are expected to receive a patch January 23.

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