Intel is finally confirming that its computer processors are vulnerable to an additional variant of Spectre, the nasty security vulnerability that affects nearly every CPU currently in devices and in the marketplace.
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The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, which leave every single Intel CPU made in the last 10 years open to attack, have been, for the most part, patched. But according to a new Intel document, a handful of processor types will never be patched for Spectre Variant 2, the vulnerability that affects nearly all modern CPUs and allows bad actors to potentially access some of your most sensitive data.
In the past few weeks, the entire information security industry has grown very anxious about Meltdown and Spectre, two classes of exploits that can be used to manipulate vulnerabilities in the way many varieties of modern processors (but especially Intel ones) handle a performance-improving technique called speculative execution and extract hidden system data. While numerous platforms have rushed to roll out patches, and Meltdown appears to be less of an issue than Spectre, it's still unclear just how badly this situation could go.