Intel Issues Updates to Protect Systems from Security Exploits

Intel Issues Updates to Protect Systems from Security Exploits

Intel's start to the new year just went from bad to worse.

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Three separate class-action lawsuits have been filed by plaintiffs in California, Oregon, and Indiana seeking compensation.

Krzanich sought to allay worries about the situation in a hastily arranged conference call with reporters on Wednesday afternoon, stressing that there haven't been any known instances of hackers actually exploiting the vulnerability, and promising that fixes were on the way. His fire sale of sorts was part of a 10b5-1 plan, which is a mechanism designed to help corporate insiders avoid accusation of insider trading by setting up plans to sell predetermined numbers of shares at a specific time.

Photo of Brian Krzanich courtesy Intel; share price graph courtesy Google Finance, Yahoo! Intel argues concerns about performance hits have been exaggerated.

"Intel continues to believe that 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".

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But Intel now says it can make its processors "immune".

Meltdown is a particular problem for companies such as Amazon and Google with cloud hosting services. The Register has an excellent write-up of the issue, with the gist of being that a full explanation of the issue is under embargo under later this month, presumably until Microsoft's Patch Tuesday next week. So far, no breaches have been reported.

The chipmaker said it would require users to download a patch and update their operating system to fix the issue. If you were hoping to ignore the whole situation, you'll probably be disappointed: most people are likely to be affected by the bug, and there's no trace left of the exploitation even if you are.

Intel is at the center of the problem because it supplies the processors used in many of the world's PCs. That includes computers running macOS, Windows, or Linux, as well as iPhones and Android devices. This guide explains how you can protect all of your devices. The majority of devices are already protected by regular software updates the firms have said.

Intel's rapid response comes after startling revelations from Google Project Zero over the vulnerabilities, particularly within Intel chips (Meltdown) but also those from all processor manufacturers (Spectre).