Intel Updates Faulty Processors

Thursday, January 4, 2018 @ 05:01 PM gHale

Intel released updates to remedy exploits from Spectre and Meltdown reported by Google Project Zero.

“Intel has already issued updates for the majority of processor products introduced within the past five years,” Intel said in a release. “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.”

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Intel continues to believe the performance impact of these updates is highly workload-dependent and, for the average computer user, should not be significant and will end up 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 available from system manufacturers and operating system providers.

Intel said users should utilize the automatic update functions of their operating systems and other computer software to ensure their systems are up-to-date.

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