Meltdown-Spectre: More businesses warned off patching over stability issues

by Lawrence Cooper January 16, 2018, 0:33
Meltdown-Spectre: More businesses warned off patching over stability issues

Spectre and Meltdown account for three variants of the side-channel analysis security issue first identified by the Google Zero Project team and other researchers who found that Intel, AMD, and ARM Holdings processors commonly used in servers and PCs could allow unauthorized users to examine privileged information in memory in certain circumstances. While the Meltdown allows the program to access the memory, the Spectre, on the other hand, tricks as an error-free program to leak sensitive information.

Since cybersecurity researchers uncovered two massive microprocessor flaws that leave almost every computing device in the world vulnerable to hackers, Intel has bore the biggest brunt of criticism in both the press and the stock market. "We are also working directly with data center customers to discuss the issue".

"I am very proud of how our industry has pulled together and want to thank everyone for their extraordinary collaboration". "We expect this issue to be corrected shortly and Microsoft should resume updates for these older processors by next week", AMD said.

Intel said last week that recently issued patches for flaws in its chips could cause computers using its older Broadwell and Haswell processors to reboot more often than normal and that Intel may need to issue updates to fix the buggy patches.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said the company received reports from some customers of higher system reboots after applying firmware updates. The software fixes are expected to make the computer run more slowly, but Microsoft has noted that newer processors running Windows 10 should feel the least impact. Like the Intel firmware updates, you will not get AMD's directly from AMD itself. The tech industry as a whole is aware of the issue and Meltdown patches are already being issued, so the best option is to download and install all driver and operating system updates released by the respective vendors.

"Our customers' security is an ongoing priority, not a one-time event", he added. Transparent and timely sharing of performance data by hardware and software developers is essential to rapid progress. Up to that point there had, however, not been reports of any attacks using the vulnerability.

He said Intel will also add incremental funding for academic and independent research into potential security threats.

"The bottom line is that continued collaboration will create the fastest and most effective approaches to restoring customer confidence in the security of their data".

"We encourage our industry partners to continue to support these practices", wrote Krzanich.


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