Amid security rumpus Intel denies processors are flawed

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Meltdown Spectre chip level flaw Intel says it is rapidly issuing updates for all computers servers powered by its processors
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14 Enero, 2018

The updates that delivered the fix require a significant redesign of the OS.

First, this flaw does not impact only Intel chips, as has been reported in many places.

The three complaints, which have been filed in the days after revelations that Intel chips are vulnerable to these security bugs, cite Intel's "failure to disclose" the security vulnerability in a timely fashion.

Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report titled "Intel Officially Responds to Inaccurate Media Reporting on its Products and is Working with AMD and ARM on the issue;" with the technical issue relating to Kernel Page Table Isolation, or KPTI. Google had informed Intel and its partners of the issues back in June 2017, and all parties have been working to resolve the problem since then.

Gruss said that Meltdown is the more serious current problem, although the bug's Intel-specific nature makes it easier to patch with software.

And now amidst all this scenario, Microsoft has now announced that it is issuing emergency updates to supported versions of Windows.

Meanwhile, Spectre could allow hackers to potentially trick otherwise error-free applications into giving up secret information.

Intel says that claims Meltdown or Spectre are due to flaws or bugs on processors are incorrect.

A statement from Intel said the vulnerability was not exclusive to its chips, and implied other chipmakers such as AMD and ARM were affected, meaning even more computers and smartphones compromised - though AMD claimed to Axios there was a "near zero risk" to its processors. Within, Intel states that its next batch of security updates to its processors will grant them immunity to the exploits.

The issue is software agnostic which means all Linux, macOS, Windows-based PCs are likely to be affected.

The patches for the Meltdown and Spectre will soon roll out widely as confirmed by Intel, it's still not clear whether the performance of the device will remain same or not.

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team explained that these flaws allow an attacker to access sensitive information. However, Intel is saying that this will not be the case. 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.


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