AMD has released an update to all its chip processor powered laptops and computers. This update is intended for its Ryzen processors, as cybersecurity researchers found a vulnerability that allowed hackers to leak sensitive information like passwords from the drivers.
Kyriakos Economou, Co-founder of Cybersecurity firm ZeroPeril Ltd has been credited with identifying the vulnerability. AMD afterwards released a patch, citing an Information disclosure. The chip company classifies the hack severity as a medium.
Hackers were attacking the Platform Security Processor (PSP) found in AMD’s chipset. This chipset stores sensitive information in the memory of the various operating system they ship with.
AMD’s patch known as CVE-2021-26333 prompts users to update its AMD PSP driver 18.104.22.168 through a Windows update. Users can also update their AMD Chipset Driver to version 3.08.17.735.
Simply, press Windows key + S, search for update and select Check for Update. Then look for windows latest update. You will also have to restart your PC to make sure this update is working up to speed.
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HP newest Pavilion Aero 13 laptop runs an AMD chip, it is currently the highest laptop in the range of HP offerings.
The 2.18 pounds laptop has AMD’s Ryzeb 5000 mobile processors, scalable to a Ryzen 7 5800U. Also, available in pale rose gold, warm gold, natural silver, and ceramic white colours.
AMD’s have makes laptops thinner by the day, running efficiently than their Intel counterparts. The AMD 5000 mobile series chips need less heavy-duty cooling to run well.
This CVE-2021-26333 vulnerability doesn’t affect computers with AMD graphics cards. It only affects AMD processors, leaking passwords in the process. Hacking has been on the rise lately, Apple had to release a patch for its smartphones. Elsewhere, Google did the same for its web browsers.
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