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Intel Chips Security Flaw to Slow Down Everything, Everyone Once Fixed

Intel Chips Security Flaw to Slow Down Everything, Everyone Once Fixed

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By    |   Thursday, 04 January 2018 07:55 AM

A still-secret Intel chip security flaw is expected to slow down just about everything and everyone on computers using the company’s chips once programmers figure out how to fix the problem. Chips made by other companies may also be affected.

The Register reported that the fundamental design flaw in Intel's processor chips has led to Linux and Window kernel redesigns to help solve the issue, and that Microsoft will likely roll out its changes publicly to its Windows operating system in an upcoming patch.

Linux programmers are working to overhaul its open-source kernel's virtual memory system in response to the Intel problem, The Register said. Apple's 64-bit macOS will need to be updated because of the flaws, too.

The Register said the problem appears to be in the Intel x86-64 hardware that cannot be fixed by a microcode update. The publication said Intel has kept details of the problems secret, though.

The changes being made could require a tradeoff in chip speed.

PC Magazine reported the Intel flaw includes two vulnerabilities that could allow for passwords, emails, and any other sensitive data to be taken from computers, according to the security researchers.

The magazine reported that the vulnerability Spectre also was found in AMD and ARM-based chips. A second vulnerability, called Meltdown, had been found mostly in Intel processors as far back as 1995, PC noted. It stated that both bugs could assist malware in taking data stored in sensitive programs, like a password manager or browser.

In a statement Wednesday, Intel charged that those bugs or flaws were not unique to just Intel and it was working on a fix.

"Intel is committed to product and customer security and is working closely with many other technology companies, including AMD, ARM Holdings and several operating system vendors, to develop an industry-wide approach to resolve this issue promptly and constructively," Intel said.

"Intel has begun providing software and firmware updates to mitigate these exploits. Contrary to some reports, any performance impacts are workload-dependent, and, for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time."

Google said in a blog post this week that its products like Android, Google Apps, Google Chrome, Cloud Platform, Google Home Chromecast, and Google Wifi/OnHub were already protected and do not need any additional actions.

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A still-secret Intel chip security flaw is expected to slow down just about everything and everyone on computers using the company’s chips once programmers figure out how to fix the problem. Chips made by other companies may also be affected.
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