Chip giant Intel is once again in the security spotlight after researchers found a new set of vulnerabilities with its processors, which if exploited could result in the theft of data directly from the chip itself.
The fresh security scare was discovered by researchers Michael Schwarz, Moritz Lipp, Daniel Grus at Graz University of Technology in Austria, as well as Jo Van Bulck from KU Leuven university in Belgium.
According to these researchers, “ZombieLoad” is a side-channel attack targeting Intel chips, allowing hackers to effectively exploit design flaws rather than injecting malicious code.
Intel meanwhile announced that ZombieLoad is made up of four bugs, after it was notified by the researchers of the problem over a month ago
“After Meltdown, Spectre, and Foreshadow, we discovered more critical vulnerabilities in modern processors,” warned the university researchers.
“These secrets can be user-level secrets, such as browser history, website content, user keys, and passwords, or system-level secrets, such as disk encryption keys.”