Tech companies scramble to patch microchip security flaws
Technology companies are playing down the severity of two recently discovered security problems with computer microchips, saying there will be no need for widespread hardware replacements to shield millions of devices from hacker.
But this week, Google and other security researchers revealed two major chip flaws. One of them, called Meltdown, affects only Intel Corp chips, while the other, called Spectre, impacts almost all computer chips made in the past 10 years.
These flaws could permit a hacker to read passwords stored in a device‚Äôs memory or see what tabs a person has open on his computer, according to CNN....
CERT assured consumers that ‚Äúoperating system and some application updates mitigate these attacks.‚ÄĚ
However, Gruss told Reuters there were no solutions yet that could address the flaws in processors he and other researchers found. He said all CPUs, including very recent ones, are affected, adding that software updates can fix ‚Äúmost‚ÄĚ of the problems but still leave vulnerabilities.
Google, Microsoft and Mozilla, all makers of popular browsers, admitted to Reuters Thursday the security patches they are currently employing don‚Äôt protect iOS users. With so many widely used browsers not effectively patched, hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users may not be able to securely browse the Web until Apple releases its patch.
And Apple claimed it would take a few days to release a patch for the Safari browser on its devices. It claimed it did not know of any hackers taking advantage of the security problem so far. -- "So far" An update of each system can take a half hour or more. One might be happy to get the duct tape fix But twice monthly updates on system each month take up a lot of potential billable hours. That load vs benefit of computers?
If you call to complain- you may end up talking to a computer