Intel: Patches available for 90 percent of recent chips by next week

Intel: Patches available for 90 percent of recent chips by next week

Intel: Patches available for 90 percent of recent chips by next week

Earlier this week, researchers revealed two major CPU bugs, nicknamed Spectre and Meltdown.

The flaw, which is being referred to as the "Meltdown bug", affects all Intel chips produced from 1995 onwards.

Spectre potentially has a wider reach.

Intel shares have fallen dramatically over the last few days as investors react to the news that almost every computing system will be affected by the flaws, which can also impact hardware made by AMD and ARM.

Bryan Ma, a senior analyst at technology consultancy IDC, says data centres and devices that connect to the cloud are also at risk.

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"The potential liability is big for Intel", said Eric Johnson, dean of Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management. The plan, it seems was to try to keep things under wraps until the flaws had been fully dealt with. But these cloud services also use computers with the same types of problem chips. It's a hardware problem that needs to be patched via a software update so that hackers can't exploit it to steal sensitive data like passwords.

Intel said it has developed and is rapidly issuing updates for all Intel-based computer systems, including personal computers and servers, to immunize them from security exploits, known as Spectre and Meltdown, which were discovered by Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google Project Zero.

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich says that the company is looking to fix the security vulnerabilities via updates and does not see a need for a recall. As of now users can�??t do much but update their devices to the latest security patches to mitigate the vulnerabilities. That's now uncertain, but we've contacted Intel for comment and will update this story should we receive a response.

While the patches could minimise the effect to an extent, the Registers and few users suggested that this could result in the operating system's performance slowdown.

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The same is true for the latest iOS version 11.2, which is used on iPhones and iPads. It will release mitigations in Safari to defend against the Spectre bug "in the coming days". It's a serious threat that even forced Microsoft to issue a Windows 10 update yesterday, but what about Xbox One consoles? The benchmarks were performed on a Windows 10 machine with Intel Core i5-4690K at 4.4GHz with an 8GB AMD RX 580 video card and 16GB of RAM. Chromebook users on older versions will need to install an update when it comes. It's harder to write and execute a Spectre attack, says Google.

Will the fix slow down my computer?

The fixes will also slow down computers by between 5% to 30%, according to some researchers.

News about the bugs comes at an awkward time for the industry.

Krzanich is due to be the first keynote speaker at next week's CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. "Vulnerable systems will likely remain in operation for decades".

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