“Virtually All” AMD CPUs Are Vulnerable To Spectre-Like Security Flaws

By   /   Mar 14, 2018

As the year 2018 began, Spectre and Meltdown security flaws came to light and Intel’s processors were affected the most by these security flaws, however, turns out even AMD CPUs are not immune to the security flaws as a report has emerged suggesting that virtually all AMD CPUs are vulnerable to Spectre-like flaws.

An Israeli security firm has published a document detailing 13 critical Spectre-like security flaws to which Ryzen Workstation, Ryzen Pro, Ryzen Mobile, and EPYC processors are vulnerable. These security flaws are code-named Masterkey, Ryzenfall, Fallout, and Chimera.

As reported by CNET, the researchers gave AMD a 24 Hour window to take a look at the Spectre-like vulnerabilities which is an unusual move as usually security firms give companies a few months before they publish their report. What this means is that AMD CPUs are currently vulnerable to security flaws.

According to AMD, they are currently investigating the security exploits and assured that the company prioritizes the security of its consumers.

t AMD, security is a top priority and we are continually working to ensure the safety of our users as new risks arise. We are investigating this report, which we just received, to understand the methodology and merit of the findings.

It remains to be seen if someone has already tried to exploit these security flaws and it will be months before a patch would release to make sure no AMD CPU owner falls victim to these Spectre-like security flaws.

Interestingly this comes over a month later following AMD claiming that AMD ZEN 2 architecture in immune to Spectre and meltdown. Not only that the company claimed that the architecture will be safe from potential exploits that could be found in the future.

It remains to be seen how AMD will respond to these security flaws for its processors. What is your take on the situation? Let us know in the comments.

Source: CNET

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