New Intel CPU Flaws Coming Up (Spectre-NG)

Thu, May 3, 2018

The German computer magazine c’t has published an article (english version) in which it claims to have exclusive information regarding eight new security holes in Intel processors.

Dubbed “Spectre Next Generation”, or Spectre-NG for short, these flaws apparently are more severe and more easily exploited than the previously known variants. At the moment they refrain from posting technical details to give Intel a head start but apparently one of the imposed deadlines runs out on May 7th.

With Spectre-NG you can attack the host system from a virtual machine or other VMs running on the same host, making these bugs extremely destructive to cloud and shared hosting providers.

It will be interesting to see how things unfold. Together with the recently released updated Ryzen CPU line from AMD, which seems to perform quite well so far, this might be even more reason to consider a switch to AMD. Provided they are not affected by Spectre-NG.