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New Security Threat Detected in AMD’s CPUs

Paige Tanner
New Security Threat Detected in AMD’s CPUs

In January 2018, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Intel (INTC) chips were found to be vulnerable to hardware design flaws, which put the two companies to work developing software fixes. It hasn’t been long, but a small Israeli security company called CTS Labs has discovered another threat in AMD’s CPUs (central processing unit). On March 12, 2018, in its whitepaper, CTS Labs stated, “The vulnerabilities we have discovered allow bad actors who infiltrated the network to persist in it, surviving computer reboots and re-installation of the operating system, while remaining virtually undetectable by most endpoint security solutions.” It named these flaws RYZENFALL, MASTERKEY, FALLOUT, and CHIMERA, with the last flaw being a potential national security concern.