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Tech Companies Racing To Plug Industry-Wide Security Hole Stemming From Common Flaw In Chip Designs

Tech Companies Racing To Plug Industry-Wide Security Hole Stemming From Common Flaw In Chip Designs

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Many of the world’s biggest tech companies are racing to plug an industry-wide security hole that stems from a common flaw in chip designs and could expose almost all computer users to theft of at least some sensitive data.The problem, described as unprecedented by experts, affects one of the most fundamental architectural elements of all computing systems, making it far more pervasive than the software flaws that are the usual source of computer security failures. Both Intel, whose chip designs are at the heart of most PCs and many servers, and Arm Holdings, whose designs are used in almost all smartphones, said they were working to try to fix the problem. (FT)