A feature in Intel's Haswell CPUs can be abused to reliably defeat an anti-exploitation technology that exists in all major operating systems, researchers have found.
The technique, developed by three researchers from State University of New York at Binghamton and the University of California in Riverside, can be used to bypass ASLR (address space layout randomization) and was presented this week at the 49th annual IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture in Taipei.
If you’ve been having problems with Intel’s password manager True Key then you’re not the only one. After users reported login issues in recent weeks, Intel Security has confirmed that a planned upgrade on one of its network components failed twice, affecting users’ access to the software.
“An upgrade of a network component failed, which necessitated a reversion to previous configuration, but was delayed by a second equipment problem,” an Intel spokesperson said. “This was the first outage of this magnitude, the True Key app normally operates with well above 99 percent uptime.”
Intel isn't known for its graphics processors, but the company is promising a big improvement with its 7th generation Core processors, code-named Kaby Lake.
The Kaby Lake chips, which will succeed Skylake, will feature integrated 4K graphics processors, the company said at the Intel Developer Forum on Tuesday.
Intel showed off Blizzard Entertainment's Overwatch shooter game running smoothly on a Dell XPS with a Kaby Lake chip during Intel CEO Brian Krzanich's keynote. Intel also showed off an HP 2-in-1 running 4K graphics.
Intel's 12-inch fab in Dalian has been put into operaton for the manufacture of non-volatile random-access memory (NVRAM) chips, according to a ChinaNews website report.
Intel has invested a total of US$5.5 billion to convert the Dalian fab for memory chip production, the report indicated.
Intel in 2007 broke ground for construction of the Dalian fab, the vendor's first 12-inch fab in Asia, which went operational in 2010 producing 65nm products. The fab was designed to originally focus on the supply of chipsets for PCs and notebooks.
With its latest many-core chips, Intel is looking to take on Nvidia and its GPUs in HPC environments for workloads such as machine learning and AI.
Intel officials for months have been talking about its many-core Xeon Phi "Knights Landing" processor, a chip that the company is positioning to compete with GPU accelerators like Nvidia's Tesla products in high-performance computing environments and such emerging markets as machine learning.