A Major Hardware Bug Is Going To Slow Down Almost Every PC

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich

The security flaws affect millions of computers, including devices from Microsoft and Apple, and will require a software update to prevent data theft. Google has already been working with companies to get a fix in place before the news was made public.

Meanwhile, a new statement by Intel, confirmed by 9to5Mac, reveals that not only Intel but the processors of ARM and AMD have also been affected by the bug. The security flaw is more likely to be found in various gadgets of all big players including Apple, Lenovo, HP, and Dell, which relies upon Intel's processors in their devices.

"Intel has begun providing software and firmware updates to mitigate these exploits".

Games hardware giant Intel has responded to recent reports of a bug and flaw in its CPUs.

Intel has downplayed the significance of this flaw (which is actually two flaws). 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.

Spectre, meanwhile, affects chips from all three manufacturers and tricks applications into revealing private information.

Intel is currently working with competitors such as AMD and ARM to develop a solution across the industry and its vendors.

AMD processors are not subject to the types of attacks that the kernel page table isolation feature protects against. Google reported the first findings to the processor companies on June 1, 2017 and the fact that Intel, AMD and ARM are all referenced suggests that all forms of equipment from embedded applications up through smartphones to laptops and servers in data centers are vulnerable.

On the other hand, Google offered few details about the concerns and will release a full report soon. Sources close to the matter told The Verge that the update will be applied automatically on Windows 10. Intel says it had initially planned to disclose the flaw next week.

On the consumer and enterprise side, Intel says that it has "already issued updates for the majority of processor products introduced within the past five years". Meltdown flaw can be fixed by a patch which builds a stronger wall of protection around the kernel.

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