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

Intel: Updates Will Make Chips

Researchers say the other is harder to fix and "will haunt us for quite some time".

To fix this flaw, developers would have to separate the Kernal Memory from the user processor via Kernal Page Table Isolation, and this could result in slowing down the PC. Dubbed "Meltdown" and "Spectre," the flaws affect almost every device made in the past 20 years, and could allow attackers to use JavaScript code running in a browser to access memory in the attacker's process. Intel has provided security patches ever since, but, the complaints raise concerns that these patches will hinder the performance of their computers and is not an adequate response to the serious issues raised against the company's products. But chipmakers say they've got fixes ready to go.

Security researchers have found this vulnerability in chips built by Intel, AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) and ARM Holdings.

Most of the immediate fixes will be limited to the Meltdown bug. Xbox consoles are mitigated against the flaw should come as a relief but there is no discounting the fact that a larger system of computing devices still remain at the risk of losing critical data including passwords and private web addresses.

Intel says that claims Meltdown or Spectre are due to flaws or bugs on processors are incorrect.

AMD has seen a significant rise in share price, while Intel has seen a decline.

The flaws, known by the names Spectre and Meltdown, aren't unique to one particular chipmaker or device. This bug affects Desktops, Laptops and even the servers from top-level vendors including Microsoft Azure and Amazon Cloud services. But these cloud services also use computers with the same types of problem chips.

Microsoft said in a statement Thursday that it is not aware of any of these vulnerabilities being used against its customers. "It is important to note that this method is dependent on malware running locally which means it's imperative for users to practice good security hygiene by keeping their software up-to-date and avoid suspicious links or downloads", said the company in its briefing note.

There are limits to what consumers can do now to protect their computers.

Because of the industry-wide vulnerability, it is more than computers, servers and cloud OS that are vulnerable.

The security patch that Microsoft released yesterday is just for Meltdown, and it also includes some specific fixes for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11.

Google said users of Android phones - who make up more than 80 percent of the global market - were protected if they had installed the latest security updates. "If you aren't up to date, then there's a lot of other nasties out there you should probably also be worrying about".

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