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Intel Fixes a Security Flaw It Said Was Repaired


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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam researchers found vulnerabilities in Intel's computer processors that the company said were patched months ago.

Credit: Jasper Juinen/The New York Times

Researchers at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands discovered the continued existence of vulnerabilities in Intel's computer processors that the company said were patched months ago.

The flaws allow an attacker to extract passwords, encryption keys, and other sensitive data from processors in desktop computers, laptops, and cloud computing servers.

The researchers first brought the vulnerabilities to the attention of Intel in September 2018, and company officials claimed to have solved the problems in May 2019.

However, that software patch addressed only some of the issues the researchers found; it would take a second patch six months later (and only publicly disclosed by the company on Nov. 12) to fix all  the vulnerabilities.

From The New York Times
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