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Researchers discover ‘crucial’ safety flaws in AMD chips



Safety researchers mentioned Tuesday they found flaws in chips made by Superior Micro Units that might permit hackers to take over computer systems and networks.

Israeli-based safety agency CTS Labs revealed its analysis displaying “a number of crucial safety vulnerabilities and exploitable producer backdoors” in AMD chips.

CTS itemized 13 flaws, saying they “have the potential to place organizations at considerably elevated threat of cyberattacks.”

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The report comes weeks after Intel disclosed comparable hardware-based flaws dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, sparking widespread laptop safety issues and a congressional inquiry.

CTS mentioned the newly found flaws might compromise AMD’s new chips that deal with functions within the enterprise, industrial and aerospace sectors, in addition to client merchandise.

In a 20-page white paper, the researchers mentioned the AMD Safe Processor, the gatekeeper answerable for the safety of AMD processors, accommodates “crucial vulnerabilities” that “might permit malicious actors to completely set up malicious code contained in the Safe Processor itself.”

“These vulnerabilities might expose AMD clients to industrial espionage that’s nearly undetectable by most safety options,” the researchers mentioned.

CTS mentioned AMD’s Ryzen chipset, which AMD outsourced to a Taiwanese chip producer, ASMedia, “is at present being shipped with exploitable producer backdoors inside.”

This might permit attackers “to inject malicious code into the chip” and create “a super goal” for hackers, the researchers mentioned.

“CTS believes that networks that comprise AMD computer systems are at a substantial threat,” the report mentioned.

“The vulnerabilities we have now found permit dangerous actors who infiltrated the community to persist in it, surviving laptop reboots and reinstallations of the working system.

“This permits attackers to have interaction in persistent, nearly undetectable espionage, buried deep within the system.”

AMD, one of many largest semiconductor companies specializing in processors for PCs and servers, mentioned it was finding out the newest report.

“At AMD, safety is a prime precedence and we’re regularly working to make sure the security of our customers as new dangers come up,” the California-based firm mentioned in a press release.

“We’re investigating this report, which we simply acquired, to know the methodology and benefit of the findings.”

Analysts on the safety agency enSilo mentioned the AMD flaws could possibly be worse than these affecting Intel chips.

“The influence of those vulnerabilities is extra extreme than Meltdown/Spectre because it permits an attacker to execute extremely privileged code and persist on the sufferer machine,” enSilo mentioned in a weblog put up.

Moreover, a number of the flaws could also be almost unattainable to patch.

“We estimate that with out patches from AMD, safety towards the vulnerabilities will be restricted at finest,” enSilo researchers mentioned. “The very best safety is to dam malware that makes an attempt to leverage these vulnerabilities.”



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APC Calls For Omo-Agege’s Prosecution Over Mace snatching




The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned in totality, Wednesday’s attack on the Senate and the snatching on the Mace of the senate.

This is even as it has called on all security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice.

In a statemnet issued by Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, the party said that the attack ammounted to an attack on the nation’s democracy.

“The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to the invasion of the Nigerian Senate by suspected thugs who disrupted Wednesday’s plenary and made away with the mace.

“The APC hereby condemns this action and views it as an attack on our democracy and a desecration of the hallowed institution of the National Assembly.

“We therefore call on security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Police has arrested Senator Ovie Omo Agege for leading the hoodlums into the Senate chamber during plenary to snatch the Mace which is the symbol of authority of the upper legislative chamber.

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Mace Theft: Police Arrest Senator Omo-Agege




The lawmaker was suspended by the Senate for 90 days last week. He, however, attended the plenary today.

The Senate had accused him of leading the armed men who stormed the chamber and snatched the mace while plenary was on.

After the plenary, policemen ushered Omo-Agege from the door of the chamber into a waiting pickup van.

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Thugs Disrupt Senate Plenary, Steals Mace




The Senate plenary was today disrupted after suspected thugs invaded the chamber and made away with the mace.

The incident happened few seconds after a suspended Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege entered the chamber.

About 10 suspected thugs who came to the venue with the senator forced their entrance into the chamber.

Seconds later, the thugs ran out of the chamber with the mace causing pandemonium in the Senate.

They left the National Assembly with the mace in a black SUV.

The mace is the symbol of authority of the parliament.

One of the security personnel at the entrance of the National Assembly said the thugs told him and other officers they were with the senator.

“We tried to stop them but they told us they were with him (Omo-Agege),” he said.

The Senate has accused a lawmaker, Ovie Omo-Agege, of leading hoodlums to seize the mace, which serves as the chamber’s symbol of authority.

In a statement after the incident on Wednesday, Senate spokesperson, Sabi Abdullahi, said the incident is an act of treason.

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