August 16, 2022
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Hello, and welcome to Protocol Enterprise! Today: new findings suggest running software designed for data centers on the cloud might be introducing security vulnerabilities, the state of the server chip market, and stop us if you’ve heard this one: Google Cloud is killing a service.
A few months back, I wrote about the discovery of a series of major vulnerabilities in Microsoft Azure by security researchers, suggesting that tenant isolation in the public cloud — which ensures that each organization's data is cordoned off from everyone else's — may be more in question than we thought.
Now some of those same researchers are saying the issue is not just about Azure.
The Wiz researchers were not actually able to show the ability to break into customers' tenants, however, making it far less severe than the vulnerability that the team found previously in Azure's PostgreSQL service, Tamari said.
Still, what the findings ultimately show is that "there is a big problem across multiple cloud providers on Postgres — and, we believe, even more than just Postgres," Wiz co-founder and CTO Ami Luttwak told me.
How cybercrime is going small time: Cybercrime is often thought of on a relatively large scale. Massive breaches lead to painful financial losses, bankrupting companies and causing untold embarrassment, splashed across the front pages of news websites worldwide.
The chip industry is in for a rough few months. After a decidedly mixed earnings season, the signs are growing that the good times are coming very quickly to an end. For this boom-and-bust business, it was only a matter of time.
So, let’s just rip off the Band-Aid: The second quarter saw the largest year-on-year decline in overall CPU shipments in the 28 years Mercury Research has been collecting its data.
In his commentary, Mercury president Dean McCarron noted that the precipitous drop in demand was the result of growing concerns about the economy causing equipment vendors to pull back on their inventory, which in turn hurt CPU sales.
The server market may be weakening, but AMD continued to pick up some steam at Intel’s expense. This was partly reflected in the dismal earnings report from Intel and positive commentary from its smaller rival. AMD has gained share for 13 consecutive quarters, setting a new record for AMD.
The current server chip market share standings: AMD with 13.9% share to Intel’s 86.1%.
McCarron pointed out in his commentary that even though he doesn’t have data before 1994, he estimated that it’s probably the largest decline since a decade earlier than that. At that point, the PC market was tiny, but experienced its first major downturn.— Max A. Cherney (email | twitter)
Google Cloud IoT Core is headed for the cloud computing junkyard, more than a year after it rolled out its Google Enterprise APIs policy designed to shed its “killed by Google” reputation.As noted last month on Protocol, chip experts believe SMIC’s recent 7-nanometer manufacturing “breakthrough”will require a lot of work to improve yields and print chips at scale before it poses a serious competitive threat to the rest of the industry.
How cybercrime is going small time: People have been swindled since before man created monetary systems. These aren’t new crimes; just new ways to commit them. But as cybercrime increasingly goes small-time, those on the front lines will need new and more effective ways to fight it.
Thanks for reading — see you tomorrow!