Recently, the vulnerabilities Meltdown and Specter have been identified. These are bugs in the architecture of most modern processors, with which you can intercept data from programs that have elevated...
Recently, the vulnerabilities Meltdown and Specter have been identified. These are bugs in the architecture of most modern processors, with which you can intercept data from programs that have elevated permissions. Threats are personal computers, mobile devices and even cloud systems.
Intel, which had the main impact, released emergency patches that close security holes, after which many users began to complain about the loss of computer performance to 30%, and in some cases about frequent reboots.
Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux operating system and the founder of the Linux Foundation, expressed his opinion on the patches of Intel. As always, the well-known developer spoke quite frankly. In an open correspondence with Amazon engineer, David Woodhouse, he called the updates "complete garbage" and asked if anyone told Intel developers "that they are insane."
In particular the resentment of Torvalds was caused by the fact that such an important patch came along with a lot of other unnecessary updates, and it needs to be activated manually. Linus suspected the company that it was trying to hide the scale of the problem and the ineffectiveness of updates. He also generally condemned the developers of Intel for such great security problems.
Among the previous speeches of Linus Torvalds, many people remembered his harsh statements about the developers of NVIDIA. He called NVIDIA the worst company Linux developers had to interact with.
F-Secure specialists have already discovered a new vulnerability in Intel Active Management Technology (Intel AMT), which allows a hacker to remotely gain a full control over the victim's computer. Intel AMT is part of vPro2 technology and is designed to remotely manage a corporate computer, even if it is turned off.
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