Intel: Updates Will Make Chips "Immune" From New Security Vulnerabilities

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The entire PC landscape has been shaken by a new CPU security attack that renders all CPUs vulnerable to data theft.

Two critical exploits discovered by security researchers have been found to affect nearly all of Intel and AMD processors in use today.

Although the three chip makers insist that the Kernel update will have "negligible" and "insignificant" performance impact, preliminary results do not concur.

Phoronix has published multiple gaming benchmarks related to this Intel CPU design flaw and the impact on gaming is minimal and unimportant so you need not worry about it having an effect on your FPS.

"While on some discrete workloads the performance impact from the software updates may initially be higher, additional post-deployment identification, testing and improvement of the software updates should mitigate that impact". It's worth noting that the bugs are discoverable. With most things, there's good news and bad news, but in the case of the two problems dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, we basically have bad news and less-bad news.

Intel has been approached for comment on whether New Zealand computer users could be entitled to compensation. "Intel encourages computer users worldwide to utilise the automatic update functions of their operating systems and other computer software to ensure their systems are up-to-date".

The updates make computers "immune from both exploits", Intel said. "Due to differences in AMD's architecture, we believe there is a near zero risk to AMD processors at this time", as was issued by AMD.

There's nothing you can do to fix the issues other than disconnecting all your devices from the internet.

"Recent reports that these exploits are caused by a 'bug' or a 'flaw' and are unique to Intel products are incorrect", the company said. "Meanwhile, Microsoft is expected to publicly introduce the necessary changes to its Windows operating system in an upcoming Patch Tuesday", the publication wrote. According to the BBC, the tech industry has known about the issue for at least six months. It will release mitigations in Safari to defend against the Spectre bug "in the coming days".

Security experts call the flaws "Meltdown" and "Spectre". The platforms such as Microsoft's Azure and Amazon EC2 will be mostly affected.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensation from the chip giant, citing the security vulnerability as well as Intel's failure to disclose it in a timely fashion.

Since the exact bug is under heavy embargo due to its nature, no other details are available. So far, Meltdown has only been shown to run on Intel processors. The list includes Intel Corei3, Corei5, Corei7 processors (45nm and 32nm), Intel Core M processor family (45nm and 32nm), 2nd Generation, 3rd Generation, 4th Generation, 5th Generation, 6th Generation, 7th Generation and 8th Generation Intel Core processors, and many more.