A newly discovered set of vulnerabilities in AMD chips is making waves not because of the scale of the flaws, but rather the rushed, market-ready way in which they were disclosed by the researchers. When was the last time a bug had its own professionally shot video and PR rep, yet the company affected was only alerted 24 hours ahead of time? The flaws may be real, but the precedent set here is an unsavory one.
The flaws in question were discovered by CTS Labs, a cybersecurity research outfit in Israel, and given a set of catchy names: Ryzenfall, Masterkey, Fallout, and Chimera, with associated logos, a dedicated website, and a whitepaper describing them.
So far, so normal: major bugs like Heartbleed and of course Meltdown and Spectre got names and logos too.
The difference is that…