The Star: Intel urges PC users to check for chipset flaw

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Chipset – Interview with The Star

Chipset – Computer users are advised to check if their Intel processor-based machines are affected by security vulnerabilities that were discovered recently. The chipmaker has made available a diagnostic programme for users to run; it checks if the processor in a computer is affected.

Cybersecurity company Positive Technologies Research had found that the vulnerabilities could enable hackers to take over a user’s computer remotely. The issue was highlighted about four days ago and widely reported in the tech media. Intel announced that firmware and software updates addressing the problem have been made available.

Only those Intel products listed in its security advisory are vulnerable and the chipmaker told The Star that it is unaware at this time if any computers have been attacked using this flaw.

Cybersecurity company LGMS’ chief executive officer Fong Choong Fook also advised caution. He said there is high usage of Intel processors here due to the chipmaker’s market share.
The chipsets listed as vulnerable, such as Atom E3900 and Celeron N, are used in digital surveillance, industrial automation and vehicle infotainment systems, he said, adding that while notebook and desktop users could easily update their computers, users of such systems may still be vulnerable

Government agency Cyber­security Malaysia’s Respon­sive Services Division senior vice-president Dr Aswami Fadillah Mohd Ariffin agreed.

He said firmware and software updates are not always the simple solution when certain manufacturers have customised Intel processors for their products.