Major Intel chip security flaw discovered

Major Intel chip security flaw discovered

In cases where performance hits are higher, the company expects that future "improvement of the software updates should mitigate that impact". It is focusing primarily on products released in the past five years, for the time being.

The Google Security team wrote that they began taking steps to protect Google services from the flaw as soon as they learned about it. If you're wondering why they didn't tell the public about it as soon as they learned about it, it's because there was supposed to be a coordinated release coming up next week (on January 9th).

The performance impact of the recent security updates should not be significant and will be mitigated over time, Intel said late on Thursday, adding that Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft reported little to no performance impact from the security updates. At the time, it was believed that this was an issue unique to Intel. The majority of devices are already protected by regular software updates the firms have said. Intel maintained a silence for the most part of today, which further spooked investors. It is a matter of workload that slows processing, not the update, according to Intel. However, the issue needs to be addressed at the hardware level and will require a separate update from Intel.

The chipmaker is working with rivals AMD, ARM and others in an industry response to the revelation of serious CPU security flaws disclosed recently.

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Spectre is less dangerous than Meltdown, but will be more difficult to patch. Exploiting this flaw, hackers could potentially read computer memory to access passwords and other information. The worldwide community of coders that oversees the open-source Linux operating system, which runs about 30% of computer servers worldwide, has already posted a patch for that operating system.

It believes these exploits do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data, the company added. However, the bad news is that there's no known fix for the flaw. There haven't been any reports of this happening yet, but it's worrying that it's been present for so long on millions upon millions of devices.

Google says it also affects other processors and the devices and operating systems running them.