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Intel chief promises software bug fix in days

Meltdown and Spectre: Here is what Intel, AMD and others are doing to keep you safe Intel CEO praises tech industry response to chip flaws
Terence Owen | 09 January, 2018, 10:46

"The collaboration of so many companies has been truly remarkable", Krzanich said, noting that everyone from chip makers to operating system vendors to system companies has participated in finding ways to patch the bugs and protect consumer data.

"Security is job number one for Intel and our industry, so the primary focus of our decisions and discussions have been to keep our customer's data safe".

But he didn't offer an apology or an explanation of how Intel and other leading chipmakers failed to spot these problems that have been around for decades. It's a hardware-based exploit that takes advantage of the processor's speculative execution mechanism, potentially allowing hackers to gain access to sensitive information. "It is a very big deal, because it's an area people haven't looked at before", said Bruce Schneier, a computer security expert and lecturer at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

"We believe the performance impact of these updates is highly workload-dependent".

Intel and ARM processors are affected by Meltdown, and virtually all computing systems are affected by Spectre.

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Kia says it could also use the system to boost passenger comfort in future production cars. Of course, India too is part of the plan and there's no hesitation there.

In a statement on its website, Apple said all Mac and iOS devices were affected by both Meltdown and Spectre. Google also released mitigations for many of its products and said a fix for its Chrome browser will be available later this month. Meanwhile, Microsoft issued updates for its Windows and cloud products.

During the announcement, Intel unveiled the advancements made in the field of neuromorphic research.

He said that there were no known instances of the vulnerabilities actually being exploited. A company spokesman said the sale had been unrelated to the security issues and followed a prearranged annual trading plan.

The head of Intel aims to steer the company toward new business in self-driving cars, virtual reality and other cutting-edge technologies.

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