Intel details rollout of Meltdown and Spectre security updates

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Owners of Intel-based CPUs in Oregon, California and Indiana have sued Intel over the security flaws that have been highlighted in its chipset. Only the Cortex-A75 is affected by Meltdown (Variant 3).

Practically all devices released in the past few decades are susceptible to the bugs, which let attackers see key information stored in the memory of an operating system kernel. It's what enables you to visit Facebook, watch a movie on Netflix, or stream a Spotify song on your phone.

Intel shares opened lower Thursday as the revelation its products are among the chips with potential security-related flaws, has tech giants ensuring the right fixes are available. They've all been filed on behalf of consumers on the basis of lost performance, but we don't have any information yet showing that consumer applications are impacted by Meltdown or Spectre. Mike Ybarra, Xbox platform lead, tweeted that the security architecture of Xbox already includes mitigation against Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. Experts say it could mean processors require a complete redesign.

Originally, Intel was going to make these findings public next week, after OS makers had a chance to push out some patches to make things secure.

"Intel believes these exploits do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data".

Fortunately, it seems as though the ride may be coming to a rest as Intel attempts to put the final reassuring punctuation on an arguably disastrous round of PR. Unfortunately, this involves reducing the overall performance of the operating system. The problem was initially discovered by Google Project Zero researchers several months ago, but it was kept under wraps so hackers couldn't exploit it until a fix was created.

Common ways to do this are to offer 'packs' that claim to solve all your different device issues which contain everything from system malware to bitcoin mining software. If you haven't already, uou can get up to speed in our FAQ on the subject, which explains both exploits and who is most at risk. Windows 7 and Windows 8, on the other hand, will not receive the automatic update; instead, they will be updated next Tuesday, the report added. Meltdown and Spectre are proving damaging to Intel's brand, sending the company's stock down more than five percent.

"We've really screwed up", Paul Kocher, one of the researchers who helped discover the flaw, told the Times.

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