Intel Memory Bug Poses Risk for Hundreds of Products

Dell and HP were among the first to release patches and fixes for the bug.

Chipmaker Intel is reporting a memory bug impacting microprocessor firmware used in “hundreds” of products. According to an advisory issued by the company on Tuesday, the bug is firmware-based and rated as “high” risk with a Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) score of  7.

The vulnerability resides inside some of the Intel Optane SSD and Intel Optane Data Center (DC) products, the impact of which allows privilege escalation, denial of service (DoS), or information disclosure.

“Potential security vulnerabilities in some Intel Optane SSD and Intel Optane SSD Data Center products may allow escalation of privilege, denial of service or information disclosure,” reported Intel.

Intel has released the firmware updates and prescriptive guidance for Optane SSD Bugs that first surfaced a year ago.

Solid-state drives (SSD) are used for data storage. Intel optane memory is a system acceleration solution that is used to increase the response time to end-user requests, the Optane memory is installed between the processor and slower storage devices (SATA HDD, SSHD, SSD). The optane memory stores commonly used data and programs closer to the processor.

The Intel Optane Data

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