Earlier this year, the tech world was rocked when teams of security researchers, acting independently of each other, unearthed two chip vulnerabilities which essentially impacted every single Intel processor released over the last decade. The vulnerabilities were dubbed Spectre and Meltdown, and provided malicious actors with avenues to access sensitive data -- such as usernames and passwords -- even if stored in protected memory.
Adding another layer of embarrassment to the matter, Intel shortly thereafter rolled out a security patch only to caution OEMs and users to not install it amid reports that the patch itself "may introduce higher than expected reboots and other unpredictable system behavior."
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Intel says upcoming chips will include fixes for Spectre and Meltdown originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 15 Mar 2018 at 21:01:03 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.