AMD CPUs Are Affected By Vulnerabilities Similar To Spectra And Meltdown

A few AMD CPUs are affected by vulnerabilities similar to Spectra and Meltdown, two types of vulnerabilities which have affected some of the Intel processors earlier this year.

Which are the affected AMD CPUs?

A series of extremely important vulnerabilities have been discovered in the AMD processors and are similar to Spectre and Meltdown which have been discovered to affect Intel processors.

According to the group which made this discovery, the AMD vulnerabilities attack AMD EPYC, Ryzen, Ryzen Pro, and Ryzen Mobile, so if you have one of these, it is good to know that you can be affected and your devices might get exploited by hackers.

AMD is affected by 4 vulnerabilities

There are 4 vulnerabilities that affect the before-mentioned AMD processors, namely, the Ryzenfall, Masterkey, Fallout, and Chimera.

These also exploit the enclave chip, which theoretically should be impossible to break.

Exploiting these vulnerabilities, hackers can run malware that can not be detected by the users and can extract important information, such as personal data, passwords, and so on because these AMD CPUs vulnerabilities allow hackers obtain administrator access to the affected computers’ operating systems.

The worst part is that a well-coded malware can be transferred through a local network to infect other computers in a company or institution, for example, so problems can prove to be extremely serious in some cases.

AMD has just found out about the vulnerabilities

AMD developers stated that they’ve just found out about these new vulnerabilities and said they will investigate this further to see if the vulnerabilities are real and if they are really dangerous to the devices powered by AMD CPUs.

However, vulnerabilities have been analyzed by other IT security experts and they confirmed that AMD CPUs are affected by vulnerabilities similar to Spectre and Meltdown which have affected the Intel processors earlier this year.

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Mary Lockwood

Mary has over 20 years' experience as a professional technical writer and technical author, she is also a technical marketing consultant and breaking news writer.

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