Security Vulnerability Affecting Windows Computers

Aug 12, 2019

Security Vulnerability Affecting Windows Computers

BY Chris Brunau

Cybersecurity

A new vulnerability is affecting Windows computers. According to reports, the SWAPGS attack if impacting computers running 64-bit INTEL and AMD processors.

The vulnerability can give an attacker access to passwords and personal information actively found in the operating system kernel memory. According to researchers, all Intel CPUs manufactured between 2012 and today are vulnerable to the attack.

AMD has issued a statement, “AMD is aware of new research claiming new speculative execution attacks that may allow access to privileged kernel data. Based on external and internal analysis, AMD believes it is not vulnerable to the SWAPGS variant attacks because AMD products are designed not to speculate on the new GS value following a speculative SWAPGS. For the attack that is not a SWAPGS variant, the mitigation is to implement our existing recommendations for Spectre variant 1.”

Microsoft has been working on this known vulnerability for quite some time now and issued a patch in a recent update in July.

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