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Intel Posts Second Press Release on Security Issues, Claims 90% of all PC's going back to 2013 will be patched by Friday

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Yesterday we posted a report titled "Intel Officially Responds to Inaccurate Media Reporting on its Products and is Working with AMD and ARM on the issue." Today Intel has followed up with a second press release about chip exploits known as Meltdown and Spectre.

 

The press release states that "Intel has developed and is rapidly issuing updates for all types of Intel-based computer systems — including personal computers and servers — that render those systems immune from both exploits (referred to as 'Spectre' and 'Meltdown') reported by Google Project Zero. Intel and its partners have made significant progress in deploying updates as both software patches and firmware updates.

 

Intel has already issued updates for the majority of processor products introduced within the past five years. By the end of next week, Intel expects to have issued updates for more than 90 percent of processor products introduced within the past five years.

 

In addition, many operating system vendors, public cloud service providers, device manufacturers and others have indicated that they have already updated their products and services [like with Apple's macOS 10.13.2 issued on December 6th, 2017].

 

Intel continues to believe that the performance impact of these updates is highly workload-dependent and, for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time. While on some discrete workloads the performance impact from the software updates may initially be higher, additional post-deployment identification, testing and improvement of the software updates should mitigate that impact.

 

System updates are made available by system manufacturers, operating system providers and others.

 

Intel will continue to work with its partners and others to address these issues, and Intel appreciates their support and assistance. Intel encourages computer users worldwide to utilize the automatic update functions of their operating systems and other computer software to ensure their systems are up-to-date."

 

As noted yesterday, Intel wants to have this issue behind them going into CES 2018 in Vegas next week. Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich is scheduled to deliver the opening keynote on Monday, January 8th.

 

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