The company advised users to wait for updates from the developers of operating systems.
Intel said that other manufacturers have security vulnerabilities in processors. The company works with them to eliminate the threat. Messages about this appeared on the official website of the company.
Continued: Microsoft has released an emergency update of Windows due to a vulnerability in Intel processors. The company confirmed the problems with AMD, where everything is denied.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]The latest information that the 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 developers of operating systems, are exposed to such vulnerabilities.[/perfectpullquote] [perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Intel is working with AMD, ARM and some operating system developers to develop an industry approach and solve the problem as quickly as possible.[/perfectpullquote]
Detailed information about the vulnerability in Intel promised to publish “next week” along with other manufacturers. However, the company noted that it “had to publish a statement ahead of time due to incorrect messages in the media.”
Intel does not deny information that patches of OS developers can reduce 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 with time.”
The company did not tell about the impact of the patches on the operation of 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 kernels of systems to close the vulnerability in Intel processors. According to researchers and journalists, updates reduce the productivity of computers by 5-30%, depending on the model and specific tasks. An engineer from AMD (a competitor to Intel) said that the vulnerability of the company’s chips does not apply due to the nature of their architecture.
It later became known that Apple partially closed the vulnerability in the macOS update of December 6, and on Windows, they have been working on fixes since November. For Linux, the kernel update has already been released, and the Microsoft system patch mainly affects the performance of the 32-bit version of the system.