Critical Flaw Identified in Intel Processors

Critical Flaw Identified in Intel Processors

Critical Flaw Identified in Intel Processors

The tech giant says computers powered with hardware by AMD, Intel's biggest competitor, are also affected.

Perhaps the worst news is that more than just Intel-based PCs are at risk from the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.

A Singapore-based Microsoft spokesman said: "We have not received any information to indicate that these vulnerabilities had been used to attack our customers".

As per Google's findings, Meltdown attack only works against Intel CPUs. For example, an unauthorized party may read sensitive information in the system's memory such as passwords, encryption keys, or sensitive information open in applications.

"The majority of Azure customers should not see a noticeable performance impact with this update".

It's been a rocky start to 2018 for the computer security industry.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich criticized media coverage of the vulnerabilities as overblown. The exploits, Meltdown and Spectre, allow malicious programs to steal data being processed by the computer.

On Wednesday, Intel admitted to creating processors with the serious flaws that were originally revealed by British media outlet The Register.

A patch has been developed for the Meltdown flaw, but there's a crucial catch: the fix could potentially slow down computers by as much as 30 percent, crippling download speeds for your favorite internet services. The chip-makers have issued contradictory statements downplaying the severity of the bugs, but security experts are less sanguine. Apple has confirmed all its Mac systems and iOS devices are affected.

Krzanich sold stock and exercised options worth a rough total of $24 million on Nov. 29, reducing his holdings of Intel shares to 245,743 - the minimum required by his contract with the firm.

The flaws are unlikely to hit the average American in the same way that incidents like the Equifax data breach did.

Two critical exploits discovered by security researchers have been found to affect nearly all of Intel and AMD processors in use today. To fix the bug, Microsoft and other OS vendors need to redesign their kernels, this requires an OS-level overwrite of the kernel.

"I think that the effect will last for several years", he speculated.

The Google researchers also said that Spectre affects virtually all CPUs, including those from Intel, AMD, and ARM. However, AMD has responded, saying that there is a "near zero risk to AMD processors at this time".

"In addition, many operating system vendors, public cloud service providers, device manufacturers and others have indicated that they have already updated their products and services", the company said."In addition, many operating system vendors, public cloud service providers, device manufacturers and others have indicated that they have already updated their products and services", the company said. Microsoft released a security update for Windows computers to mitigate Meltdown on Wednesday.

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