Intel Spectre and Meltdown update will make computers 'immune' to bug

Intel Spectre and Meltdown update will make computers 'immune' to bug

The vulnerabilities called Meltdown and Spectre became public this week, which has caused Intel shares to fall down.The disclosure of these vulnerabilities has left processor makers and operating-system vendors including Intel and Microsoft scrambling to get to the top of the story and patch their products. Currently, we have only verified Meltdown on Intel processors. Unfortunately, there is no way to thwart that threat without sacrificing some CPU performance and game framerates. "But in case this has a serious impact on performance, it will impact applications delivery". The exploits, Meltdown and Spectre, allow malicious programs to steal data being processed by the computer.

Furthermore, "Intel believes these exploits do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data".

Security researchers revealed the existence of Meltdown and Spectre on Wednesday.

Most interesting (and potentially troubling) about the transactions is the fact that it left Krzanich with exactly 250,000 shares-the bare minimum that he is required to hold as CEO of the company, according to the company bylaws. The representative said his decision to set up that plan was "unrelated" to information about the security vulnerability.

This includes confidential information such as passwords, which could allow them to compromise computers or entire server networks, it added.

The fixes involve moving the memory used by the core of the computer's operating system, known as the kernel, away from that used by normal programs. There's currently no evidence that the bugs have been successfully exploited.

But Intel continues to claim, alarmingly, that the flaws that led to these exploits are not "bugs" in its processors.

Intel has released a statement saying that the flaw isn't unique to their own chips. According to Intel, the performance impact of these updates is highly workload-dependent and, for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich sold most of his shares and options in Intel in December.

The stock sale in late November occurred more than five months after Intel was alerted to flaws in its chips.

There is no evidence that hackers have been able to exploit the weaknesses and they would need to have the specific malware installed first, so hackers wouldn't be able to randomly try to take control of just any system connected to the internet. The same goes for the folks at Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and Google, who all sell services that run on x86 hardware.

Intel is closely working with the rivals AMD and ARM to fix the critical security loophole as soon as possible.

Additionally, Intel notes that "many operating system vendors, public cloud service providers, device manufacturers and others have indicated that they already updated their products and services".