Chief executive of Intel reiterated the company's plans to release security updates for its recent CPUs by early next week and mentioned the importance of collaborative industry-wide security assurance and responsible disclosures regarding security vulnerabilities going forward. Myerson went on to talk-up Microsoft's efforts in mitigating the vulnerabilities; he said out of the currently supported 45 versions of Windows, 41 had already been updated, with the rest due to be patched soon. The update will make it difficult for attackers to exploit Nvidia's driver software when running on machines with the vulnerable CPUs. On the Radeon side of things, AMD does not use speculative execution and as a result, no GPU patches will be necessary.
Customer-First Urgency: By Jan. 15, we will have issued updates for at least 90 percent of Intel CPUs introduced in the past five years, with updates for the remainder of these CPUs available by the end of January.
For the majority of Microsoft customers - those running Windows 7 or Windows 8 - the firm "expects most users to notice a decrease in system performance".
But Microsoft has said that its benchmarks prove otherwise, and says the slowdown from the fix will be worse for older PCs. As I noted in my CES comments this week, the degree of collaboration across the industry has been remarkable. "We commit to provide frequent progress reports of patch progress, performance data and other information", Krzanich explained, directing users to Intel's website for progress reports.
Some antivirus vendors have been quick to respond.
But the thing is, Kzranich sold the maximum about of his Intel shares as he could, but there are thoughts that the Intel CEO sold as many company shares as he could, as he knew about Spectre and Meltdown and the possible effect it would have on Intel share prices. These threats seek to circumvent the microprocessor architecture controls that preserve secure data.
Giving yourself "maximum flexibility" means it will be easier to respond to future flaw discoveries, Segars said.
Intel shares were down about half a percent to $43.20 in after-hours trading after the announcement.
The conflicting messages come after tech companies tried to mount a co-ordinated industry-wide response. "This means the typical home and business PC user should not see significant slowdowns in common tasks such as reading email, writing a document or accessing digital photos".
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