New Research Finds Widespread Kernel Vulnerabilities in Operating Systems

Two studies of operating system security by the School of Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology reveal widespread kernel problems: one study detects a vulnerability believed to affect all devices using “Intel TSX” (Intel Transactional Synchronization Extension) to aid memory processing, while the other study introduces a tool to prevent previously unknown information leaks from the Linux operating system kernel.

Both studies – which broadly impact not only Intel TSX, but also Linux and Android systems – were presented this week by students and faculty from the School of Computer Science at the 23rd ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS) in Vienna, Austria.

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