AMD, Google Partner in Unprecedented, EPYC Cybersecurity Effort

AMD and Google have announced an intricate, deep-level collaboration on cybersecurity research for AMD’s server-class EPYC CPUs — one that’s now been running for five years. According to Wired, the partnership leveraged two Google Cloud Security research teams alongside Google’s Project Zero (a cybersecurity research arm within the company), and AMD’s firmware group.

The aim was to put AMD’s hardware and secure processors through their paces via seemingly unprecedented access to AMD’s source code and security mechanisms. In the post-mortem report on the (ongoing) collaboration, the partnership announced the discovery and mitigation deployment for 19 security vulnerabilities in total. That’s 19 less vectors of attack on one of the world’s most successful server architectures.

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