New Windows hack warning: Patch Intel systems now to block SWAPGSAttack exploits
Security researchers at Bitdefender have discovered a critical vulnerability in Intel processors that can enable attackers to get CPU chips to leak sensitive information via a side-channel attack. The attack is similar to previously discovered vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown and actually bypasses security mechanisms intended to prevent expliotation of those flaws.
According to BitDefender, the vulnerability, dubbed SWAPGSAttack and tracked as CVE-2019-1125, impacts Intel chips produced since 2012. However, Red Hat said AMD chips were also impacted. Windows systems are at risk, while Linux systems are thought to be safe. Microsoft released a patch for the bug as part of July’s patch Tuesday.