Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Intel CEO promises patches, better communication on security

Meltdown and Spectre chip flaw timeline Meltdown/Spectre Firmware Updates Causing Reboots for Some Intel Customers
Doris Mccormick | 13 January, 2018, 06:07

In addition, AMD said its AMD Radeon GPU products are not affected by either Meltdown or Spectre vulnerabilities because the architecture does not use speculative execution.

Earlier today, Intel announced it discovered some performance hits after implementing its own mitigation solutions at the chip level. These fixed didn't cause any user complaints when they rolled out in September. Google says that in testing Reptoline, it found that it was able to patch against Spectre Variant 2 with "almost no performance loss".

Intel is facing a growing number of lawsuits, including claims from groups of consumers alleging that it misled consumers by failing to disclose the security hole and demands for compensation based on the potential slower performance of machines that have been patched.

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In the letter Krzanich thanked Google Project Zero for revealing the issues in a responsible manner, and also pledged that the company would increase industry and academic research into security and improve disclosure of security issues.

The moonshot came from Google engineer Paul Turner, and it's known as "Retpoline". The company found the answer in Retpoline, a technique conjured up by Google Senior Staff Engineer Paul Turner, which "modifies programs to ensure that executive can not be influenced by an attacker". Google says the final version of its Retpoline patch came with nearly no performance hit. One of the issues with mitigating the danger these vulnerabilities pose is that they could result in serious performance degradation.

The Retpoline technique allowed Google to protect its services from the second variant of Spectre without having to modify source codes or switch off hardware components. As other vendors are still working on patching systems, Google notes Meltdown and Spectre are the most hard fixes its engineers have encountered in a decade. It closes today's blog post by stating its belief that Reptoline is currently the best solution for patching against Variant 2, so hopefully now that Google has made it available to its industry partners, we'll see wide-scale roll out. In addition, it has open sourced the compiler it used so other companies can use it to protect their users as well. It might take a while for everyone to get on the same page.

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