SECURITY RESEARCHERS claim to have uncovered eight new "Spectre-class" vulnerabilities in Intel CPUs.
The flaws, first reported by German tech site Heise which said it has been given full technical details on the vulnerabilities, have been confirmed by Intel, which said it had reserved Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) numbers for them.
According to the website, Google's Project Zero uncovered one of the flaws, which have been collectively named 'Spectre Next Generation' or 'Spectre-NG', and will publicly reveal it on 7 May, a day ahead of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday.
Heise says Intel had classified four of the flaws as "high risk" and the rest as "medium".
One of the most serious bugs could theoretically let attackers bypass virtual machine isolation from cloud host systems to steal sensitive data such as passwords and digital keys.