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Roundup The security world is still feeling the aftereffects of last week's CPU design flaw disclosures, which continued to dominate the news this week, even amid the noisy CES jamboree in Las Vegas.

The Meltdown-slash-Spectre saga, broken by The Register last week, is still causing major headaches, not least for Intel. On Friday, Chipzilla's CEO Brian Krzanich, under pressure over its corp's handling of the processor design flaws, issued an open letter to the industry.

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He claimed Intel was committed to fixing things up, and had rolled out patches for 90 per cent of affected systems. What he left unsaid was that some of those patches are causing their own issues. He also acknowledged that the repairs could bring a performance hit, without saying how much.

"We know that impact on performance varies widely, based on the specific workload, platform configuration and mitigation technique," he said. "We commit to provide frequent progress reports of patch progress, performance data and other information."

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That last line elicited some hollow laughter at The Reg offices. It wasn't until Red Hat and Microsoft published slowdown figures, as well as a sea of complaints from punters deploying the much-needed patches, that Intel finally released its own numbers.

Signal is the gold standard in the encryption market and WhatsApp is one of the most widely used communications channel in the world. This week, there was a report of flaws in the two systems.

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German researchers at the Real World Crypto conference in Zurich presented details [PDF] about how they had found a way to add new participants to group chats on the two platforms. These ghost members of the group would be able to listen...
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