Germany Calls On The Chip And Hardware Makers To Tackle Processor Flaws

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Germany Calls On The Chip And Hardware Makers To Tackle Processor Flaws: Germany’s federal cyber agency is called on-chip and hardware-makers to address new vulnerabilities discovered in the computer central processing units but says no complete fix was possible at the moment.

Germany Calls On The Chip And Hardware Makers To Tackle Processor Flaws

The BSI agency says its analysis showed the new flaws, dubbed Spectre-Next Generation, resembled the Meltdown and Spectre bugs discovered in January and can allow attackers to access personal data such as passwords and encryption keys.

While no new attacks are calling outside laboratories, there was a risk that attackers could develop new methods based on detailed information that had disclosed, it adds.

No complete eradication of the flaws is possible at the moment; the risk can only minimize; it says in a statement.

Temporary measures are needs since vulnerable processors, and affected computer systems could only be swapped out in the longer-term, the agency said on Friday.

BSI also called on cloud and virtual solution providers to immediately investigate the impact of the flaws on their products, and respond along with the manufacturers of system components.

Customers should be informed about the measures taken and the remaining risks,” the agency said.

A German computing magazine is called c’t reports earlier this month that researchers had found eight new flaws that resembled the Meltdown and Spectre bugs.

It says Intel Corp planned to patch the flaws and some chips designed by ARM Holdings, a unit of Japan’s Softbank, might be affected. Work was continuing to establishing whether Advanced Micro Devices chips were vulnerable.

BSI did not name any manufacturers involved.

Intel has not addressed the article directly but said in a statement earlier this month that it uses a process called “coordinated disclosure” in which security researchers and companies agree not to release information about bugs until patches are ready.

We believe firmly in the value of coordinating disclosure and will share additional details on any potential issues as we finalize mitigations, the company says in the statement. As a best practice, we continue to encourage everyone to keep their systems up-to-date.

AMD has said it was aware of the media reports and was examining the issue.

No comment was immediately available from the ARM.

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