Intel pushes back against widespread CPU bug reports

Spectre Meltdown Vulnerabilities Put All Computing Devices Including Phones Laptops Wearables At Risk

"Contrary to some reports, any performance impacts are workload-dependent, and, for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time", Intel added. Gmail users do not need to take any additional action to protect themselves, but users of its Chromebooks, Chrome web browser and users of Google Cloud services who have installed their own operating systems will need to install updates. But AMD jumped more than 5 percent following the publication of the security flaws, to close at $12.12 a share.

"Intel expects to have issued updates for more than 90 percent of processor products introduced within the past five years", an Intel statement said.

A flaw in the design affects nearly all processors of Intel, AMD and ARM, used in most computers based on Windows, Linux and macOS, as well as smart phones and other devices, according to publication The Register.

However, there is no evidence that any hackers have taken advantage of this - yet.

On Thursday, Apple confirmed that all Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but that no known exploits have impacted its customers.

Today will be a crucial test of the market's response to news of a massive security vulnerability that affects chips made by Intel, as well as a separate problem that hits all microprocessors, regardless of manufacturer.

We suspect more lawsuits will follow. The other bug, dubbed "Spectre", gives hackers similar access although it is more hard to execute, and it affects all modern microprocessors, not just those made by Intel. Therefore, they access your computer in ways which are often operating system specific and limited to specific types of hardware. Worse is the fact you can do nothing about it, as the slowdown is a side effect of fixing a major design flaw in Intel processors. Rather, because key members of Google's Project Zero and data company Rambus told The New York Times that, at least in Spectre's case, this flaw is at such a level that it can not be fixed by any old security patch.

The chipmaker has said it is "rapidly issuing" updates for all Intel-based computer systems that may have been affected by the flaws.

It's not all good news for AMD, however, as another flaw has been found which can affect systems using Intel, ARM, and AMD. That memory content could contain key strokes, passwords, and other valuable information. Google along with firms like Apple, AMD and Mozilla also have the same flaws in their chips, which allow products using them to be easily compromised by hackers. It said that it had already protected almost all instances of AWS and that customers must update their own software running atop the service as well.



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