Intel says rapidly issuing updates to all processors impacted by Meltdown

Performance impact of the recent security updates should not be significant and will be mitigated

Performance impact of the recent security updates should not be significant and will be mitigated

The problem is that when the processing chips move data around into different types of its memory, there is the potential for the right malware to access and read sensitive information.

Intel said in a press release, before the end of next week, that they fix 90% of the affected devices released in the last five years. Furthermore, Intel struck out at the notion that these issues were limited to its chips, saying that AMD and ARM hardware are also vulnerable.

Furthermore, these exploits affect virtually everyone and all systems that rely on either AMD or Intel processors.

Chips potentially affected date back more than five years, with some products listed on Intel's website about the vulnerabilities having been introduced as far back as 2008.

With increasing discussion of "kernel leakage" and how this could be used to obtain passwords and other elements of secure systems Intel made a statement on January 3, 2018. The CPU maker insists that the performance impact is "highly workload-dependent" and that it shouldn't be significant to the average computer user. Furthermore, Intel has already provided the vendors and developers with software and firmware updates.

"Recent reports that these exploits are caused by a 'bug' or a 'flaw' and are unique to Intel products are incorrect", they stated. This attack allows a program to access the memory, and thus also the secrets, of other programs and the operating system. He now holds only the minimum number of shares he's required to own. Amazon and Microsoft echoed Google's comments, claiming their cloud computing customers won't see reduced speeds.

The good news is that a fix is already available to help you get rid of this problem. The company didn't mention which Windows versions will receive the patch, but we have to presume it's at least Windows 7 and later.

Some early performance benchmarks have even suggested that patches to fix the bug could result in up to a 30 percent performance hit. In addition, the heat on Intel intensified after it was learned that its CEO, Bryan Krzanich, sold off millions of dollars of Intel stock after the disclosure.

Intel expects fixes to start rolling out in the next few days, with further fixes coming over several weeks.

A site, Meltdownattack.com, hosted by the Graz University of Technology - researchers from which also reported both Meltdown and Spectre - has further details.

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