Intel starts rolling out processor updates to fix vulnerable chips

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Google had previously said that there is no single way to guard against the Spectre attack.

Intel stated that its chips are working as specified, which suggests that the "flaw" can be more accurately described as an "exploit" that attackers could take advantage of.

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 programs are typically not permitted to read data from other programs, a malicious program can exploit Meltdown and Spectre to get hold of secrets stored in the memory of other running programs", the researchers wrote. Apple, on the other hand, has been predictably mum on how it's dealing with the matter.

Google meanwhile updating its public cloud service to obviate the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerability told the publication, "We used our VM Live Migration technology to perform the updates with no user impact, no forced maintenance windows and no required restarts".

Past couple of days there was this commotion about Spectre and Meltdown vunrabilities in hardware, even Xbox One.

The chipmaker said it would require users to download a patch and update their operating system to fix the issue.

Unfortunately, the Microsoft fix may result in some performance dips. However, according to Microsoft your Xbox are safe.

UPDATE: In a statement, Intel said the upcoming fix shouldn't drag down performance for the average computer user.

In order to improve performance, many CPUs may choose to speculatively execute instructions based on assumptions that are considered likely to be true. Currently, we have only verified Meltdown on Intel processors.

David and Tom just revealed what they believe are the 10 best stocks for investors to buy right now. and Intel wasn't one of them! Chip manufacturers and software developers have been scrambling to patch their devices with security updates since the flaw were first disclosed on Wednesday.

SingCert's advisory follows the release on Wednesday by global researchers of the full details of these two critical flaws in modern computer chips.

Intel says that it's already sending out fixes for the massive "Meltdown" and "Spectre" security bugs, with 90% of recent processors getting the patch by the end of next week.

Due to its presence, ordinary user programs can "see" the structure of the protected part of the kernel's memory and identify the place of storage of confidential information.

"AMD processors are not subject to the types of attacks that the kernel page table isolation feature protects against", Lendacky states.

However, later on Thursday afternoon, CERT/CC withdrew that recommendation, saying merely that anybody affected should install operating system updates as soon as possible.

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