Tech giants faced a major emergency when security researchers exposed security vulnerabilities in Intel chips. This flaw nearly affected all the computers in the world as it allowed hackers to steal information from memory of personal computers, data centers, and mobile phones. Moreover, it allowed hackers to reduce strength of other security features.
Intel has taken a firm stance on the issue. Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel announced that the company will release updates for more than 90 percent of products and processors within a week and remaining by the end of January. He made this announcement during the keynote address at industry expo CES in Las Vegas.
However, major tech giants took various steps to counter this security flaw. Apple Inc. announced the fix in the next software update. Google and Microsoft announced the list of all affected devices and security patch to mitigate the vulnerabilities.
Two major vulnerabilities, known as meltdown and spectre, lets hackers steal passwords, cached files, email, and personal photos from devices. Major manufacturers have been releasing security patches. However, it was reported that it has been slowing down other functionalities of devices and performance of computers.
A gaming company, Epic, released a graph highlighting that indicates spikes in utilization of chips after patches in servers. Moreover, few consumers of Amazon Web Services raised issues on various online forums.
Intel CEO clarified this by stating that impact of patches is highly dependent on workload. Moreover, Intel has not received any information regarding data being obtained from vulnerabilities.
The question remains if it will entirely solve the problem. Intel suggested that the problems would take more work over time to resolve fully.