Google warns users of smart phones and other devices equipped with ARM processors that a software update is necessary to protect their personal data.
Google warns that any new security flaw discovered on Intel processors, and that affects many models of computers also poses a threat to smart phones and tablets.
The news began to spread Wednesday about a mysterious problem affecting hard drives and that could make them accessible to hackers of the personal data and passwords of users.
Worse still, consumers have been notified that a software update could fix the security breach, but might slow down their computer. A side effect that has not yet been demonstrated.
When the problem had first been identified on computers running with an Intel processor, Google claims that the hard drives AMD, the most important competitor of Intel, are also threatened by the same flaw.
Furthermore, Google warns users of smart phones and other devices equipped with ARM processors that a software update is necessary to protect their personal data.
A team of researchers at Google had discovered last year the problem, which involves three gaps separate touching the hard disks, and the computer industry has been working for in secret to find a solution.
Of large it companies, including Google and Intel, plans to unveil the details of the problem next week, at the time where the software updates would be willing to protect the users, but a leak of the new the has gone before us.
Minimise the concerns
In a statement released Wednesday, Intel has attempted to minimize the concerns of the public by arguing that the pirates ” do not have the capacity to corrupt, change, or delete data “. Intel ensures that the consequences of the software update on the performance of the devices ” should be of no importance “.
AMD believes that the flaw is a “risk to almost zero” for consumers and that the correction will have a ” negligible impact on performance.”
Linux users can already download the patch, while Microsoft gradually sends updates to its users.
Apple still has not given details on how it intends to protect its operating systems.
Google says that devices running Android who have already installed the most recent update are protected, so that users of the browser Chrome devices and Chromebook should have to download an update.