Late last night, a bombshell report from The Register detailed a worrisome new vulnerability said to impact all Intel chips released over the past decade. The report explained how the vulnerability might potentially enable malicious actors to access sensitive data -- such as passwords -- stored in protected memory. Though Microsoft and Apple were reportedly already working on a fix, the initial report relayed that updated machines might run as much as 30% slower after the fact.
Now that a bit more time has passed, we've since learned that the vulnerability in question not only impacts Intel processors, but AMD and ARM processors as well. So while this is still an incredibly serious issue, it's not a problem that uniquely puts Intel alone into crisis mode. All that said, Intel has since come out with an official statement on the matter where, among other things, it notes that patched machines will not, as initially reported, necessarily run 30% slower.
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Intel issues statement on security flaw, notes that AMD and ARM chips are also vulnerable originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 3 Jan 2018 at 18:30:28 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.