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'Pure technical contributions aren’t enough'.... Intel commits to code of conduct for open-source projects

Chip maker Intel has embraced guidelines to make its open-source software projects more open-minded and inviting. Citing the company's commitment to creating inclusive communities, Imad Sousou, corporate veep and general manager of the Intel Open Source Technology Center, on Thursday said the center is adopting the Contributor …
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PortSmash attack blasts hole in Intel's Hyper-Threading CPUs, leaves with secret crypto keys

Brainiacs in Cuba and Finland have found a new side-channel vulnerability in Intel x64 processors that could allow an attacker to sniff out cryptographic keys and other privileged information. Following disclosure of the flaw to Intel at the beginning of October, boffins at the Tampere University of Technology in Finland and …
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Transformers: Robots... at least it tries: Watch boffins' Optimus Dime rearrange on the fly

Mechanical engineering brainiacs at Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania in the US have demonstrated how autonomous, modular robots can reconfigure themselves to accomplish specific tasks in an unknown place. In a paper published Wednesday in Science Robotics, Mark Campbell, Jonathan Daudelin, Gangyuan Jing, …
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IT Wi-Fi kit bit by TI chip slip: Wireless gateways open to hijacking via BleedingBit chipset vuln

Updated On Thursday, network equipment makers Aruba, Cisco, and Cisco-owned Meraki plan to patch two flaws in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) chips made by Texas Instruments (TI) that power their respective enterprise Wi-Fi access points. The coordinated disclosure, prompted by security biz Armis' discovery of two critical vulnerabilities …
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Intel: You'll get 10nm next year – now witness the firepower of this fully armed cash machine

Brushing aside concerns about its 10nm production problems and its ability to meet market demand, Intel reported surprisingly high Q3 2018 financial figures on Thursday, lifting its stock in after-hours trading. For the three months to September 29, Chipzilla reported record quarterly revenue of $19.2bn, an increase of 19 per …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Oct 2018
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AMD's shares get in a plane, take off and soar to 12,000 ft – then throw open the door, and fall into the cool rushing air

AMD stock plunged following the release of the chip designer's third-quarter financial figures – which showed sales at Intel's antitrust shield suffered due to sluggish interest in its GPU hardware. The House of Ryzen reported on Wednesday $1.65bn in revenue for the three months to September 29, up four per cent year-on-year, …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Oct 2018
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Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD

Updated Microsoft on Tuesday posted KB4464330 (Windows 10 1809 Build 17763.55) in an effort to halt the damage done by last week's Windows 10 version 1809 update, but it hasn't quite worked. Reports of update inflicted file deletion and loss of internet connectivity for Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Store apps have died down. But users …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Oct 2018
Keys left in door

Apple forgot to lock Intel Management Engine in laptops, so get patching

In its ongoing exploration of Intel's Management Engine (ME), security biz Positive Technologies has reaffirmed the shortsightedness of security through obscurity and underscored the value of open source silicon. The Intel ME, included on most Intel chipsets since 2008, is controversial because it expands the attack surface of …
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Microsoft resurfaces Surface kit alongside Windows 10 update

At a media event in New York City on Tuesday, Microsoft refreshed its Surface hardware with the introduction of the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Studio 2 all-in-one PC. The Surface Pro 6 sports a quad-core 8th generation Intel processor (Core i5 or Core i7), 8GB or 16GB of RAM, a 12.3-inch display, and an SSD …
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Boffin: Dump hardware number generators for encryption and instead look within

Hardware-based random number generators (HWRNGs) for encryption could be superseded after a Philippines-based researcher found that side-channel measurement of the timing of CPU operations provide enough entropy to seed crypto systems with the necessary randomness. In a paper presented on Saturday at the International …
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Intel boss admits chips in short supply, lobs cash into the quagmire

Intel on Friday published a letter from CFO and interim CEO Robert Swan reassuring customers that the chip biz will be able to make enough processors to satisfy its customers. Currently, Intel chips are in short supply. The company's inability to deliver 10nm processors is well known; it played a role in the resignation of …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Sep 2018
Room with many locks on door

Arms race: SiFive, Hex Five build code safe houses for RISC-V chips

If you've been looking at SiFive's RISC-V-based chip technology and thinking, y'know what, it's missing an Arm TrustZone-style element to run sensitive code, well, here's some good news. And if you're just into processor design and checking out alternatives to Arm CPU cores, then this may be some interesting news. SiFive …
Thomas Claburn, 10 Sep 2018
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Boffins are building an open-source secure enclave on RISC-V

At some point this fall, a team of researchers from MIT's CSAIL and UC Berkeley's EECS aim to deliver an initial version of an open source, formally verified, secure hardware enclave based on RISC-V architecture called Keystone. "From a security community perspective, having trustworthy secure enclaves is really important for …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Aug 2018
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Intel Management Engine JTAG flaw proof-of-concept published

The security researchers who found a way to compromise Intel's Management Engine last year have just released proof-of-concept exploit code for the now-patched vulnerability. Mark Ermolov and Maxim Goryachy at Positive Technologies have published a detailed walkthrough for accessing an Intel's Management Engine (IME) feature …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Aug 2018
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Linux 4.19 lets you declare your trust in AMD, IBM and Intel

Linux v4.19-rc1, release candidate code published on Sunday, allows those building their own kernel or Linux distribution to choose whether or not to trust the CPU hardware random number generator, a decision that has become complicated in the wake of the revelations about government surveillance over the past five years. When …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Aug 2018

Windows 10 July update. Surface Pro 4. Working fondleslab. Pick two

Some Microsoft Surface Pro 4 owners claim Redmond's July 24 Windows 10 update broke their devices. Folks posting to the software giant's community support forum describe various failures following the installation of OS Build 17134.191. Register readers have also been in touch to alert us to the gaffe. A person posting under …
Thomas Claburn, 24 Aug 2018
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Arm debuts CPU roadmap for the first time, sort of

Chip designer Arm for the first time in recent memory has presented a roadmap, sparsely detailed through it may be, covering future CPU plans for 5G always-on connected mobile and laptop devices. "This, I think, is the first time, certainly that I have been involved, in declaring a forward-looking roadmap in public," said Ian …
Thomas Claburn, 16 Aug 2018
A backdoor in plain sight

The off-brand 'military-grade' x86 processors, in the library, with the root-granting 'backdoor'

Black Hat A forgotten family of x86-compatible processors still used in specialist hardware, and touted for "military-grade security features," has a backdoor that malware and rogue users can exploit to completely hijack systems. The vulnerability is hardwired into the silicon of Via Technologies' C3 processors, which hit the market in …
Thomas Claburn, 10 Aug 2018

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