The company advised users to wait for updates from the developers of operating systems.
Intel said that there is a vulnerability in the safety of processors from other manufacturers. The company works with them to eliminate the threat. Messages about this appeared on the official website of the company.
The latest information that vulnerabilities are caused by a bug or flaw and are unique to Intel products is incorrect. Based on our analysis, many types of computer devices, including processor manufacturers and operating system developers, are vulnerable to such vulnerabilities.
Intel is working with AMD, ARM and some operating system developers to develop an industry-specific approach and solve the problem as soon as possible.
Detailed information on the vulnerability in Intel was promised to be published “next week” along with the rest of the manufacturers. However, the company noted that it “had to publish the statement ahead of time because of incorrect reports in the media.”
Intel does not deny the information that patches of OS developers can lower the performance of computers. The company explained that “any performance depends on the load, and for the average PC user this [speed reduction] should not be significant and will soften over time.”
The company did not talk about the impact of patches on the servers, but noted that it considers its products “the safest in the world”. Intel advised users to check all operating system updates and install all available patches as soon as they appear.
January 3, the media reported that the developers of Windows and Linux had to rework the core systems to close the vulnerability in the processors of Intel. According to researchers and journalists, updates reduce the productivity of computers by 5-30%, depending on the model and specific tasks. Engineer AMD (rival Intel) said that the company’s chips are not affected by the vulnerability because of the characteristics of their architecture.
Later it became known that Apple partially closed the vulnerability in the update of macOS on December 6, and in Windows over patches work since November. For Linux, the kernel has already been updated, and the patch from Microsoft basically affects the performance of the 32-bit version of the system.