Chip design flaws affect almost every computer, smartphone and tablet

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Spectre is harder for hackers to take advantage of but less easily patched and will be a bigger problem in the long term, he said.

Intel's use of the word 'immunity' here should give pause, but not out of doubt in Intel's engineers.

As reported on our sister site TechRadar, the fault was thought to be a major issue for users of Intel processors that are up to a decade old. Furthermore, Intel struck out at the notion that these issues were limited to its chips, saying that AMD and ARM hardware are also vulnerable.

According to a Microsoft spokesperson, the Windows team has been working together with all the implicated chip manufacturers and were able to provide solutions in a timely manner, although it looks like there has not been any Windows customer report involving vulnerability exploits as of yet. Both target the way privileged information is handled in the kernel, with the former focusing on breaking the isolation between applications and the operating system. The processors are facing severe security bug which is quite difficult to fix.

"Intel has begun providing software and firmware updates to mitigate these exploits", and average computer user won't experience significant slowdowns as it's fixed, noted press statement from Intel.

The release goes on to tout the 'great progress' Intel has made in just days since news of these security flaws was broken by Google Project Zero, a team of security analysts employed by Google tasked with finding zero-day vulnerabilities. Spectre, on the other hand, will be harder to fix, he says, because it applies to nearly all computing devices. The worldwide community of coders that oversees the open-source Linux operating system, which runs about 30% of computer servers worldwide, has already posted a patch for that operating system.

However, the chip flaw is not exclusive to Intel products. That's currently uncertain, but we've contacted Intel for comment and will update this story should we receive a response.

The world and its dog have been following the rather scary story of the Meltdown and Spectre CPU exploits. Amazon and Google have also been reportedly working on security updates to their Cloud services and other products.