Mar 20, 2018

AMD investigated CPU flaws, sees easy mitigation


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AMD announced plans Tuesday to release patches to mitigate all of the security issues announced by an upstart team of researchers — including one the researchers speculated would be unpatchable. AMD said it would release firmware patches for all of the vulnerabilities in the coming weeks.

Why it matters: The patches will put to rest one of the great adventures in the marketing of computer security. CTS-Labs announced the security flaws without giving AMD a chance to repair them, a seeming attempt to disrupt the stock price by researchers who claimed they may have a financial interest in AMD's market decline. The announcement was made via an uncommonly elaborate media campaign.

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