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Virus screener goes down, Intel patches more chips, Pegasus government spying code spreads across globe

Roundup When we weren't dealing with malware bricked-breweries, poorly-wiped servers or litigious vendors, we had a number of other security headaches to keep busy with. Here's a few of them. Gov pay sites pilfered Government pay portals were in the crosshairs of cybercriminals this week. First, there was GovPayNow, who got the …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Sep 2018
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Intel co-founder's Silicon Valley pad goes on the market for $22m

A California home once owned by Intel founder Robert Noyce where the dining room served as Chipzilla’s boardroom in its early days is up for sale. Noyce, who died in 1990, was the co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor, having learned his trade under Nobel Prize scholar William Shockley and his Shockley Semiconductor Lab …
Gareth Corfield, 20 Sep 2018
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US military chucks $2bn at AI, Google touts machine-learning data search, and more

Roundup Here's a quick roundup of AI announcements this week beyond what we've already covered. US Defense research unit funding billions for AI Next campaign: DARPA is dumping a whopping $2 billion to kickstart the “third wave” of AI focused on making systems more adaptable. It’s all part of the US military's ‘AI Next’ campaign, …
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Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price

IFA Microsoft's long journey away from Intel reached escape velocity this week, as the first traditional laptop machine with Qualcomm's Arm processor was revealed by Lenovo, in the shape of the Yoga C630 WOS. "WOS" stands for "Windows on Snapdragon", how Qualcomm prefers to call "Windows on Arm", and since it's Qualcomm Inside, …
Andrew Orlowski, 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

GlobalFoundries scuttles 7nm chip plans claiming no demand

GlobalFoundries is putting its pursuit of 7nm chips on hold indefinitely. CEO Tom Caulfield said the chip fab will shift resources (including an R&D restructure) to the 14 and 12nm FinFET efforts where, he says, most of GlobalFoundries chip customers are focusing. In announcing the move, Caulfield said companies seem to have …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Aug 2018

Intel rips up microcode security fix license that banned benchmarking

Intel has backtracked on the license for its latest microcode update that mitigates security vulnerabilities in its processors – after the previous wording outlawed public benchmarking of the chips. The software, released this month, counters the Foreshadow aka L1TF Spectre-related flaws in its CPUs. However, its terms of use …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Aug 2018
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Foreshadow and Intel SGX software attestation: 'The whole trust model collapses'

Interview In the wake of yet another collection of Intel bugs, The Register had the chance to speak to Foreshadow co-discoverer and University of Adelaide and Data61 researcher Dr Yuval Yarom about its impact. The main promise of SGX is that you can write code, and ship it to someone you do not fully trust. That person will run the …
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Three more data-leaking security holes found in Intel chips as designers swap security for speed

Intel will today disclose three more vulnerabilities in its processors that can be exploited by malware and malicious virtual machines to potentially steal secret information from computer memory. These secrets can include passwords, personal and financial records, and encryption keys. They can be potentially lifted from other …
Chris Williams, 14 Aug 2018
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Oh my Tosh, it's only a 100TB small form-factor SSD, SK?

Flash Memory Summit The Flash Memory Summit saw two landmark capacity announcements centred on 96-layer QLC (4bits/cell) flash that seemingly herald a coming virtual abolition of workstation and server read-intensive flash capacity constraints. Pop art style illustration of man exclaiming WHAT? in shock/horror/bemusement. Anyone fancy testing …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2018
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Intel finally emits Puma 1Gbps modem fixes – just as new ping-of-death bug emerges

More than 18 months after the design blunder was first brought to light, Intel is still working to iron out the creases in its Puma high-speed broadband modem chipsets. In recent weeks, Chipzilla quietly put out an advisory as well as finally confirming a formal CVE entry – CVE-2017-5693 – for the security vulnerability. When …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Aug 2018
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NVMe? Well, quite. Now Intel, too, is pumping out consumer QLC SSDs

Intel has launched two QLC (4bits/cell) SSDs – one for consumers and one for data centre use. Intel's Navin Shenoy Intel: Yeah, yeah, 10nm. It's on the todo list. Now, let's talk about AI... READ MORE This follows Samsung's recent announcement of a QLC SSD for the consumer market. Intel, as you'd expect, has noted that these …
Chris Mellor, 9 Aug 2018
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Intel: Yeah, yeah, 10nm. It's on the todo list. Now, let's talk about AI...

At Intel's Data-Centric Innovation Summit today in Santa Clara, California, Chipzilla reiterated its commitment to deliver 10nm Xeon processors in 2020, to maintain its market leadership, and to adapt its silicon to AI-oriented workloads. That'll be the same 10nm that's years and years late, with manufacturing nightmares …
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Supermicro breathes in, shimmies a PB of Intel flash into one rack unit

Supermicro has crammed 1PB of Intel flash rulers into the slimmest possible 1U rack storage server. The two-socket server can hold up to 32 Intel EDSFF, NVMe-connected flash drives – giving a rack density of 1PB/U, the highest we have ever come across. EDSFF stands for Chipzilla's Enterprise and Datacenter Storage Form Factor …
Chris Mellor, 8 Aug 2018
The big fish eats the little fish

Hmm, there's something fishy about this graph charting AMD's push into Intel's server turf

Semiconductor-pokers at Mercury Research have crunched the numbers to chart AMD's resurgence against Intel's virtual x86 server CPU monopoly. Aaron Rakers, senior analyst at Wells Fargo, has seen the second 2018 quarter numbers. He told The Register: "Intel's server CPU share is estimated to have declined to 98.7 per cent vs …
Chris Mellor, 6 Aug 2018
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Swan dive: Intel shares dip under interim CEO Bob as 10nm processor woes worry Wall Street

Despite record-breaking earnings, Intel's shares took a modest dip on Thursday when the semiconductor behemoth reveal its financial results for the second quarter of this year. Revenues for the three months to June 30 rose strongly, year on year, and profits were up 78 per cent. However, it's clear that the markets are …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jul 2018

How to (slowly) steal secrets over the network from chip security holes: NetSpectre summoned

Computer security researchers have devised a way to exploit the speculative-execution design flaws in modern processor chips over a network connection – a possibility that sounds rather more serious but may be something less than that. Until now, Spectre attacks have required malicious code to be running on a vulnerable …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Jul 2018
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Do Optane's prospects look DIMM? Chip chap has questions for Intel

Analysis Semiconductor analyst David Kanter has identified six areas of ignorance about Intel's Optane DIMMs where clarity will dictate whether they become popular or not. Optane is a brand name for Intel's 3D XPoint memory, the storage technology that can be found in its P4800X series SSDs. The name has been slapped on Intel's …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2018

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