Intel CEO pledges "security first" following Meltdown and Spectre security issues

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We have received reports from a few customers of higher system reboots after applying firmware updates.

"Microsoft has resumed updating the majority of AMD devices with the Windows operating system security update to help protect against the chipset vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown", the company said. However, the Meltdown and Spectre patches have reportedly slowed down the performance of systems. According to Apple, Meltdown will not reduce performance on devices and Spectre was fixed through a Safari mitigation and had no significant impact on most tests.

With this fresh awakening of hardware security realities, Infosecurity will take a closer look at the story behind the vulnerabilities and how patches can be applied. Intel even found bugs in its own patch for the vulnerabilities and told some customers to hold off firmware updates due to some reboot issues that had been reported by systems running Intel Broadwell and Haswell CPUs for both client and data center.

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Not only did we see considerable slowdowns for many applications, we also noticed inconsistent performance, since the speed of one application could be impacted by the behavior of other applications running on the same core.

Just like for Intel CPUs, AMD processors will also require a microcode update to fix this issue.

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"We are working closely with them to correct an issue that paused the distribution of patches for some older AMD processors (AMD Opteron, Athlon and AMD Turion X2 Ultra families) earlier this week", Papermaster wrote". However, Intel still recommends end-users should apply the updates for both OS and hardware.

The world's largest chipmaker last week that the security issues reported by researchers in the company's widely used microprocessors could allow hackers to steal sensitive information from computers, phones and other electronic devices.

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