Amazon, Apple, Google & Microsoft issue patches to fix ZombieLoad bug

Amazon, Apple, Google & Microsoft issue patches to fix ZombieLoad bug

Computers containing Intel chips from 2011 onwards are vulnerable to ZombieLoad bug.

Intel processor chips have lately been accused of being flawed and unreliable in ensuring optimal computer performance and the current news further reinforces the fact that Intel needs to up its game and make its processor chips secure for users.


According to security researchers at the Graz University of Technology in Austria and KU Leuven University in Belgium, there are some new problems identified in Intel processor chips that could potentially slow down the processing of the computer.


See: New Intel chip flaw “Foreshadow” attacks SGX technology to extract sensitive data


Intel has accepted that the flaw is real and present in its processor chips but the company claims that the impact on computers will be minimal while the required fixes are most likely to affect its data centers. The newly identified bug is dubbed ZombieLoad.

Researchers claim that Intel chips contain an entirely new class of vulnerabilities that can be exploited to obtain confidential and sensitive user data from the processor. The vulnerabilities identified in Intel chips are similar to the infamous Meltdown and Spectre bugs that could be used to exploit the flaws in the speculative execution process of modern processors.


It is worth noting that Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities also leaked sensitive data such as passwords, account tokens, secret keys, and private messages stored for a brief time in the processor.


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