The opening line to this article sets the right tone:
"Daniel Gruss didn't sleep much the night he hacked his own computer and exposed a flaw in most of the chips made in the past two decades by hardware giant Intel..."
It reads like a thriller doesn't it?
This is because until very recently such an attack was not believed possible. The Intel chip goes to the "kernel" of your computer and if that is hacked then that represents a tremendous breach of security not thought possible.
Not only is this breach possible but the vulnerability has been around since 1995 it is thought.
This particular team of computer technicians have already alerted Intel under "responsible disclosure provisions" to this vulnerability and a patch has been released.
My only observation is this: if they can hack the chip itself, how much protection does a patch afford? Maybe they should be working on a complete fundamental re-design.
Daniel Gruss didn't sleep much the night he hacked his own computer and exposed a flaw in most of the chips made in the past two decades by hardware giant Intel, something we discussed in "Why The Implications Of The Intel "Bug" Are Staggering." And as Reuters describes in fascinating detail, the 31-year-old information security researcher and post-doctoral fellow at Austria's Graz Technical University had just breached the inner sanctum of his computer's CPU and stolen secrets from it.