APIC/EPIC! Intel chips leak secrets even the kernel shouldn’t see… – Naked Security


Here’s this week’s BWAIN, our jocular time period for a Bug With An Impressive Name.

BWAIN is an accolade that we hand out when a brand new cybersecurity flaw not solely seems to be attention-grabbing and essential, but in addition turns up with its personal emblem, area title and web site.

This one is dubbed ÆPIC Leak, a pun on the phrases APIC and EPIC.

The former is brief for Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller, and the latter is solely the phrase “epic”, as in big, huge, excessive, mega, humongous.

The letter Æ hasn’t been utilized in written English since Saxon instances. Its title is æsc, pronounced ash (as in the tree), and it just about represents the sound of the A in in the fashionable phrase ASH. But we assume you’re presupposed to pronounce the phrase ÆPIC right here both as “APIC-slash-EPIC”, or as “ah!-eh?-PIC”.