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Popular Science

Researchers from MIT have discovered a hardware vulnerability in Apple’s M1 chip using an attack called PACMAN, reports Harry Guinness for Popular Science. “Attackers can only use PACMAN to exploit an existing memory bug in the system, which can be patched,” explained Guinness.

Gizmodo

CSAIL researchers have found a security vulnerability in Apple’s M1 chip, reports Philip Tracy for Gizmodo. “The flaw could theoretically give bad actors a door to gain full access to the core operating system kernel,” explains Tracy.

TechCrunch

MIT researchers have discovered a hardware vulnerability in Apple’s M1 chips that can allow attackers to break through its security defenses, reports Carly Page for TechCrunch. “Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, however, have created a novel hardware attack, which combines memory corruption and speculative execution attacks to sidestep the security feature,” writes Page.

Fast Company

In an article for Fast Company, Charles Fishman explores how MIT researchers pioneered the use of integrated circuits, technology that is an integral component of today’s digital technologies, in the Apollo 11 computer. “MIT, NASA, and the race to the Moon laid the very foundation of the digital revolution, of the world we all live in,” writes Fishman.

HuffPost

MIT researchers are developing a new computer chip to increase efficiency and decrease the carbon footprint of cloud computing, reports Daniela Hernandez for The Huffington Post. Hernandez explains that the chip “uses light, instead of electricity, as the highway for information.”

Popular Science

Neel V. Patel interviews Professor Srini Devadas for Popular Science about the future of computer chip design. Devadas contends that there is still room for innovation of chips using existing materials.

EE Times

R. Colin Johnson of EE Times reports that MIT researchers are, “aiming for a multicore architecture that can scale to any number of cores, with cache coherency. So far, they've prototyped a 36-core version.”