Intel chip flaw--but what of it?
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 23 March 2009 11:48
Some researchers claim that Intel has a serious chip bug on its hands. But that all depends.

March 23, 2009 4:00 AM PDT
by Brooke Crothers
C/Net News

Security experts who are into the arcana of chip security may find "CPU cache poisoning" riveting and serious stuff. Others, however, may simply scratch their heads and move on.
But let's not move on too quickly. First, a quote from an abstract of the paper (PDF) that has some of the chip world abuzz. "In this paper we have described practical exploitation of the CPU cache poisoning...This is the third attack on SMM (system management mode) memory our team has found within the last 10 months, affecting Intel-based systems. It seems that the current state of firmware security, even in case of such reputable vendors as Intel, is quite unsatisfying."   [Comments...]


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