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Windows 7: 64-bit OS & VM Vulnerable to Privilege Escalation Attacks on Intel CPU

14 Jun 2012   #1
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
64-bit OS & VM Vulnerable to Privilege Escalation Attacks on Intel CPU

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Some 64-bit operating systems and virtualization software programs are vulnerable to local privilege escalation attacks when running on Intel processors (CPUs), the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) said in a security advisory on Wednesday.
Read more at:
64-bit Operating Systems, Virtualization Software Vulnerable to Privilege Escalation Attacks on Intel CPUs | PCWorld Business Center

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14 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Bottom line: KB2709715 security update as part of Patch Tuesday this week.
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14 Jun 2012   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit Build 7600 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3
 
 

Well...

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The privilege escalation attack is not applicable to AMD processors because they handle the SYSRET instruction differently, the Xen security team said in their advisory. However, under similar attack conditions, older AMD CPUs might lock up, resulting in a denial of service condition, the team said.
This really means AMD CPUs are free from danger, I'm happy that I use AMD CPUs by now XD

Thanks for the info Brink!!
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