Intel Failed to Fix a Hackable Chip Flaw Despite a Year of Warnings

Speculative execution attacks still haunt Intel, long after researchers told the company what to fix. Over the past two years, attacks like Spectre, Meltdown, and variants on those techniques—all capable of tricking a broad range of processors into coughing up sensitive data—have shown how hard it can be to secure a chip. But it’s one thing for a company like Intel to scramble to fix a vulnerability, and a very different one when it fails to act on one of those flaws for more than a year. Today researchers at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, KU Leuven in Belgium, the German Helmholtz Center for Information Security, and the Graz University of Technology in Austria revealed new versions of a hacking technique that takes advantage of a deep-seated vulnerability in Intel chips. They’re spins on something known as ZombieLoad or RIDL, an acronym for Rogue In-Flight Data Load; Intel refers to it instead as as microarchitectural data sampling, or MDS. Like the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities—which some of the same Graz researchers were involved in uncovering in early 2018—the new MDS variants represent flaws that could allow any hacker who manages to run code on a targ...

Appear TV Expands Compression Capabilities for Its X Platform at ANGA COM 2019

COLOGNE, GERMANY, MAY 30, 2019 – Appear TV, a leading provider of next-generation high-quality video processing platforms for broadcast and streaming, will showcase its latest UHD broadcast and OTT transcoder portfolio for its X platform at ANGA COM (Stand G-11). “Transcoders are essential for broadcasters or operators looking to provide high-quality content, while keeping bitrates to a minimum,” says Carl Walter Holst, CEO, Appear TV. “Linear distribution or OTT, live or file, on-premise or cloud – Appear TV has a solution that will fit your needs. Appear provides transcoding tools to fit various workflows with an exceptional customer experience across all devices.” Appear TV’s new X-Series transcoder complements its XC platform transcoder and its software-based video compression tools, providing transcoders that fit any task or deployment. Utilizing the power of software defined hardware, the X platform transcoder runs on Appear’s reprogrammable compression module, allowing the hardware to be configured as an encoder, decoder or transcoder. The X platform transcoder features support transcoding up to 2 full UHD or 8 HD channels per module. This enables transcoding of up to 12...