>> Tech companies have raced to come up with a fix to a major microchip security flaw that exposes every computer and smartphone to possible hacking. While the scale of that glitch is just becoming public. Daniel Gruss is part of the research team that discovered the problem, actually two problems.
One called Meltdown which impacts chips made by Intel. The other, Spectre, which involves all computing chips installed in the past decade.>> If you download a file from the Internet or you get an executable file sent via email and you run it on your system. An attacker could incorporate a Meltdown or Spectre attack in there.
And with that, could leak any secret stored on your system. The attacker could read anything that is stored on your system, including any password. The attacker can also read anything you type on the system in real time. So they can leak anything you do with that computer.>> That threat has prompted Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft to push out software patches for Meltdown.
But the fix is being criticized for slowing down devices, and that's not all. The security update is clashing with antivirus software, causing desktop and laptop computers to freeze. Some businesses worry the costly and time intensive upgrade to computer systems may be worse than the problem itself and are opting to wait.
Leaving the door possibly open for hackers. And that's just dealing with Meltdown threat. Fixing it the Spectre bug is proving to be more difficult. None of the major tech companies have a complete fix for that. Apple warned Friday that until it does, all iOS users will be at risk, while browsing the Web.