Categories
Intel Security

Intel’s upcoming CPU’s aren’t (fully) patched against Spectre Variant 4

Intel introduced hardware-based “safeguards” and ‘additional’ protections to its new chips to protect against the Spectre and Meltdown flaws that shocked the silicon industry when the vulnerabilities were made public earlier this year. However, those protections are specific to V2 and V3, and will not impact the newly-discovered Variant 4 as well as other potential speculative execution side channel-related flaws in the future – in other words, it just the beginning.

spectre-intel-patch-update
Spectre Inside. Picture Source: TheHacker News
Categories
Intel Tutorials

Coffee Lake CPUs on Skylake or Kaby-Lake motherboards – Yes it works, but…

Intel officially says that you can’t run Coffee-Lake CPUs on Kaby-Lake systems because the voltages are increased, which is not incorrect but you still can manage with – some risks – to get the new CPU running on the older 100/200 chipsets.

 

Bios upgrade
VBIOS update procedure. Picture Source: elisw over win-raid.com

 

Categories
Intel

First Intel Management Engine (ME) Firmware for Intel CNP 300-series is out

Station-Driver is as always ahead of other driver pages, the page listed a new Intel Managment Engine firmware for Intel 300-Series chipsets and shows again that it’s worth supporting these guys behind it.

Intel ME version 12 firmware

Categories
AMD Hardware Intel

Vega 12 isn’t Intel’s Kaby-Lake-G GPU solution

A lot of speculation about AMD’s Vega 12 solution made the round over the last two weeks, some said Vega 12 isn’t Intel’s new GPU solution others have said it definitely gets integrated into Intel’s Kaby-Lake CPU in order to deliver the graphics. The secret seems now lifted and the rumors ended up wrong.

VEGA-2-12
Vega 2 (12). Picture Source: hardwarecanucks.com

Categories
Intel Security

Intel’s Microcode Revision Guidance for April 2018: 9 architectures won’t getting updates

Intel seems to change its mind, the latest Microcode Revision Guidance for April 2018 removed 9 architectures from the support list. In Intel’s announcement, the company mentions some security enhancements.

Intel Microcode Revision Guidance April 2018

Categories
Intel Microsoft Security

KB4100480 third attempt at a fix for the Meltdown security vulnerability

The out-of-band emergency update, KB4100480, was released by Microsoft last week to supplement a patch released in early March to address severe vulnerabilities accidentally introduced by Redmond’s engineers in their January and February security updates for Meltdown on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 systems. It seems that this patch is far away from being ‘finished’.

Meltdown logo

Categories
AMD Hardware Intel

ASMedia-USB-3.x Controller with Keylogger and Malware Risks

The AMDFlaws.com story is over, it seems that it was a failed try to manipulate the stock market but besides this shameless try CTS-Labs still has some valid information to offer, and it shows that ASMedia-USB-3.x controller have several security flaws which allows attackers to abuse those controllers to deliver their keyloggers or malware code.

ASMedia
One of the affected ASMedia chips.
Categories
Intel

Intel Financial Result Q4/2017

Intel made 17 billion dollars in one quarter, that’s a new record even with the Spectre & Meltdown security breach and to be honest it’s a miracle for me. AMD won some ground but Intel is still ruling the entire market with 65% market shares.

2-1080.3202613148
Intel Roadmap shnows Cascade-Lake-X Refresh Core i9-8000 Picture Source: Mydrivers (link not working anymore!)

Categories
Intel Security

Spectre compromises the safe zone created by Intel SGX – Fix is already here

All newer Intel microprocessors are provided with Software Guard Extensions (SGX) which allow software programs to run in their own little safe corner of the processor. These safe areas are created on demand and have their own memory, isolated from other system software like hypervisors and the operating system itself.

intel-software-guard-extensions-tutorial-intel-sgx-foundation-fig01
Overview how Intel’s SGX protects you. Picture Source: Intel