Security

The mention of Spectre and Meltdown is enough to send chills down any InfoSec spine. A number of these batches of security vulnerabilities deal with speculative execution, and how a processor might leak data while executing code in a speculative manner. This week AMD has pre-empted the security space by detailing a potential security concerns regarding its new Zen 3-based Predictive Store Forwarding feature designed to improve code performance by predicting dependencies between loads and stores. AMD is clear to point out that most users will not need to take any action, as the risk for general consumer use to any breach is low, and no known code is vulnerable.

Intel to Build Silicon for Fully Homomorphic Encryption: This is Important

When considering data privacy and protections, there is no data more important than personal data, whether that’s medical, financial, or even social. The discussions around access to our data...

31 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/8/2021

Intel Launches 11th Gen vPro For Tiger Lake Mobile CPUs, Adds CET Security Tech

Among Intel’s CES 2021 announcements this afternoon, the chip giant is using the annual show to launch their updated vPro platform for their latest-generation “Tiger Lake” Core processors. vPro...

1 by Ryan Smith on 1/11/2021

“Microsoft Pluton Hardware Security Coming to Our CPUs”: AMD, Intel, Qualcomm

One of the key tenets of having good security is reducing how attackable your system is. This is what we call an attack surface – a system needs as...

26 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/23/2020

IBM and AMD to Advance Confidential Computing

Earlier this year, we wrote a news segment about AMD and Google’s announcement about bringing confidential virtual machines to the cloud using features enabled through 2nd Gen AMD EPYC...

9 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/11/2020

Western Digital Launches Security Platform for Portable Storage with G-Technology's ArmorLock-Encrypted NVMe SSD

Data safety is of paramount importance for many enterprise use-cases, and in certain scenarios, for home consumers too. Portable storage devices have typically offered data protection in the form...

7 by Ganesh T S on 9/3/2020

Intel Updates ISA Manual: New Instructions for Alder Lake, also BF16 for Sapphire Rapids

As with any processor vendor, having a detailed list of what the processor does and how to optimize for it is important. Helping programmers also plan for what’s coming...

34 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 4/1/2020

Cherry’s Secure Board 1.0 Encrypts Every Keystroke & Has Smart Card Reader

Security is one of the primary concerns for many organizations these days, so makers of hardware and software have been responding in-kind with new security features baked into their...

24 by Anton Shilov on 12/3/2019

Vulnerability in AMD’s Secure Encrypted Virtualization for EPYC: Update Now to Build 22

One of the key elements of building a processor is that designing a secure product involves reducing the ‘attack surface’ as much as possible: the fewer ways an attack...

35 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/26/2019

HP’s Endpoint Security Controller: More Details About A New Chip in HP Notebooks

One of HP’s key announcements this spring was its revamped security initiative for PCs that includes hardware, software, and deep learning-based approaches. The software and DL parts of the...

33 by Anton Shilov on 5/2/2019

HP’s Security Push: Sure Sense & Endpoint Security Controller

Antivirus software is getting more robust, but so does malware. In a bid to make its PCs more secure, HP is introducing a set of hardware and software-based methods...

34 by Anton Shilov on 4/17/2019

BlackBerry Acquires Cylance, Gets AI & ML Security Technology

BlackBerry Limited has announced that it had completed acquisition of Cylance, a company developing machine learning and artificial intelligence-based security technology. The move adds valuable IP and technologies to...

20 by Anton Shilov on 2/25/2019

Dell EMC’s Older PowerEdge iDRAC BMC Vulnerable to Firmware Replacement Attack

Every modern server is equipped with a baseboard management controller (BMC) that enables its remote management. A BMC is essentially a computer within a computer with its own memory...

2 by Anton Shilov on 10/2/2018

Synaptics' Next-Gen Fingerprint Sensor Security: The FS7600 Match-In-Sensor

Synaptics last month introduced its second-generation match-in-sensor (MIS) solution designed for a wide range of fingerprint sensors including those in PCs and other devices. The new FS7600 MIS relies...

5 by Anton Shilov on 8/6/2018

Synaptics at Computex: Encrypted and In-Display Fingerprint Sensors in Real Products

Synaptics is one of the companies that have to do its announcements in two stages: initially, it announces its own product and then it showcases its partners’ products that...

8 by Anton Shilov on 6/5/2018

Spectre Watch: More Spectre-class CPU Vulnerabilities to be Announced Soon?

This morning has seen an interesting turn of events in the world of processor security. c't magazine has published an exclusive report stating that they got wind of a...

78 by Ryan Smith on 5/3/2018

Intel Announces Chip-Level Security Initiatives, iGPU-Based Malware Scanning

Taking place this week is the annual RSA conference, which has evolved to become a major trade show for security products and technologies. As one might expect, it's also...

36 by Anton Shilov on 4/17/2018

Intel Wraps Up Spectre Patching, Partially Cancels Plans For 1st Gen Core & Core 2 Processors

Intel this week has published an update to their ongoing microcode guidance document. In the roughly 3 weeks since the last update, the company is offering some unexpectedly mixed...

27 by Ryan Smith on 4/4/2018

AMD Confirms CTS-Labs Exploits: All To Be Patched In Weeks

If you have been following our coverage regarding the recent security issues found in AMD’s processors and chipsets by security research firm CTS-Labs, it has been a bit of...

102 by Ian Cutress on 3/20/2018

Ian Cutress Talks AMDFlaws and Security on TechTeamGB Weekly News

After our analysis about the vulnerability disclosures this week on AnandTech, and continuing discussions on Twitter, TechTeamGB, a Great Britain based Youtube technology channel, invited Senior Editor Ian Cutress...

16 by Ian Cutress on 3/16/2018

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