>> Remember those little gremlins called Meltdown and Spectre that gave the world a spook in January? Chip flaws that put tens of millions of devices at risk of cyber attacks. Well, it turns out we're not out of the woods just yet. And researchers from Austria's Graz Technical University told Reuters ahead of a Wednesday presentation where they will go public with their findings.
That Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones are also vulnerable to Meltdown. Reuters cybersecurity editor Jim Finkle.>> We first learned about this problem months ago. And at that point, it was understood to affect machines running chips from Intel and AMD, mostly PCs, things like that. But what happened is once the mechanism of this attack was understood, then researchers started looking at more and more types of devices.
And these Samsung phones are just the latest and which should likely be an ongoing series of things to be discovered that are also vulnerable.>> Researchers went to Samsung first with the flaw to give the South Korean smartphone maker time to develop a patch. And Samsung says it started pushing out patches to affected users last month.
The Galaxy S7 released in 2016 is still used by some 30 million people, though Samsung has released two new versions of its flagship Galaxy line of smartphones.>> This shows how pernicious these types of attacks are, and we're gonna be hearing about more and more types of vulnerable devices.
But that's sort of the way the hacking world and security world works, is that researchers kinda find a new class of vulnerabilities. And then researchers and hackers both start going at it at the same time, and it's sort of a battle to see who will find the vulnerabilities.
Will it be the good guys so they can patch them, or will it be the bad guys so that they can launch attacks?>> Still, so far, there are no known cases of hackers exploiting Meltdown or Spectre in a real world attack. But disclosure of the wide spread hardware flaws has rocked the computer industry, forcing chip makers and device manufacturers to scramble to contain the fallout.