Richard Stallman, founder of Free software foundation
For two decades, a huge flaw (or NSA/CIA requested features?) has "existed" in each new version of intel's chips which could allow access to everything on your machine. What a shocker eh?
No wonder they call them INTEL!!
It's led to the publishing of info on two exploits called MELTDOWN and SPECTRE
Woo-yay, Meltdown CPU fixes are here. Now, Spectre flaws will haunt tech industry for years
Meltdown and Spectre: Here’s what Intel, Apple, Microsoft, others are doing about it
This flaw is not to be confused with Intel's MME which is a whole chip inside your chip
which also has access to everything on your machine.
(hard to keep track on all the nasty little ways there are for spooks to look at your computers isn't it!)
Intel's Management Engine is a security hazard, and users need a way to disable it
Intel x86s hide another CPU that can take over your machine (you can't audit it)
I said Intel, but of course these problems are not limited to Intel chips. They affect others too including the ARM based microprocessor chips on your mobile phone and ipad etc.
How will this affect you?
How the Meltdown and Spectre security holes fixes will affect you | ZDNet
As for all your Ipads and Iphones which are also affected? Best thing is to not to keep anything on those that can compromise your financial security or your marriage because for now they are all rightly fucked
If you just bought an iphone X then please stop crying. You probably deserve everything coming to you. And the iphone XI will likely be out next autumn and you should have saved the 2,000 euro needed by then! :smiley:
Should be a good year for sales of new computers and devices though...If apple and intel and others can quosh all the class action suits that is! Typical. The creators of the problem may even end up profiting from the situation with increased sales of next gen microprocessors. and devices!
I'm happy in a way though because it all serves as a useful platform to raise awareness of the rather secretive Intel MME which was quite deliberately built into intel chips.
Happy computing in 2018 folks!
UPDATE: Apple has actually patched the latest ios (11.2) and macos (13.2) for MELTDOWN in December patches, and Microsoft have released some updates to mitigate the effects of MELTDOWN in 3rd Jan patches, but microcode patch is needed from intel, and your Antivirus software will need patching too or it may crash your machine horribly. Updating your OS, your browser and installing addons like "noscript" should help make you a small bit safer from MELTDOWN exploits at least. Might be an idea to disable wifi / unplug ethernet cable from your devices when not specifically using the internet
However none of these companies can do much at present about a determined hacker who is fluent in the details of the SPECTRE exploits and malicious scripting techniques (this no doubt includes CIA/NSA spooks, MI6 and the Mossad programmers behind the likes of STUXNET etc who have probably been exploiting these flaws for years). Fundamental aspects of processor design itself will need a rethink. Brand new redesigned processors will be the only thing to solve this issue in the longer term. Meanwhile these "patches" may cause speed hits of up to 30% in certain software. Nothing however will be done about the Intel ME which is intentionally built in to your machine at your expense and which can spy on your computer any time it wishes, sending your data to whoever is driving this agenda without you ever being made aware it is happening. That is of course different. That's a government/corporate engineered and approved backdoor into all our computers. Nothing wrong with that at all. Go back to bed serfs. Your cuddly Stasi government/corporate leadership have things all under control.
Looking forward to some very interesting wikileaks in 2018 though!! Because our overlord lizard scum use intel processors too and not all hackers are greed driven crooks( like they are), and now these folks have an interesting new avenue of "research"!
Squeaky bum time for the elites??