Intel pushes back against widespread CPU bug reports

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich

In the wake of the discovery, Google's Project Zero and others have published a detailed report on the case. According to the original report from The Register, the fix for the security vulnerability could make the PCs slower.

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Meanwhile, a new statement by Intel, confirmed by 9to5Mac, reveals that not only Intel but the processors of ARM and AMD have also been affected by the bug. At the time, it was believed that this was an issue unique to Intel.

And now amidst all this scenario, Microsoft has now announced that it is issuing emergency updates to supported versions of Windows.

Intel is slated to release patches to address the bug. In order to improve performance on processors, the CPU will often carry out its tasks out-of-order - that is, not in the sequence they are given.

Spectre, meanwhile, affects chips from all three manufacturers and tricks applications into revealing private information.

However, we know from the researchers who discovered Meltdown that the bug affects Intel CPUs at least as old as 2011, and potentially all the CPUs Intel has built since 1995, with a few exceptions. That said, Intel did indicate it's working with other companies, including AMD, to resolve the issue, and AMD's initial statement shows it is cooperating. But most unluckily, it might not be limited to the millions of Intel chip-based computers.

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team explained that these flaws allow an attacker to access sensitive information.

Programmers are working furiously to overhaul the open-source Linux kernel's virtual memory system. Through the exploit, attackers may gain access to data, though they do not have the power to modify or delete them, Intel added.

The timing of the security report could also prove embarrassing for Intel, coming the week before chief executive Brian Krzanich is due to deliver the keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

On the consumer and enterprise side, Intel says that it has "already issued updates for the majority of processor products introduced within the past five years".

The world and its dog have been following the rather scary story of the Meltdown and Spectre CPU exploits.

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