Latest in Gear

Image credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Intel pledges transparency after Spectre, Meltdown vulnerability

Brian Krzanich promises to tell all as it patches CPU flaws.
541 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Bloomberg via Getty Images

The last week or so has seen a lot of activity around Meltdown and Spectre, two CPU flaws in modern chips from the likes of AMD and Intel. Apple, Microsoft and Google have provided interim fixes for their respective hardware, but it will take much more than simple patches (that can cause more harm than good) to truly eradicate the issue. Just a few hours after Intel revealed that there may be more slowdowns from its Meltdown processor fix, the company's CEO Brian Krzanich has written an open letter to further detail the steps Intel is taking to deal with the issues.

Krzanich promises that by January 15th, 90 percent of Intel CPUs made in the last five years will be updated, with the remaining 10 percent patched by the end of the month. The company will then start working on updates for older chips "as prioritized by (its) customers."

The Intel CEO also notes that the impact of Meltdown and Spectre patches on performance can vary widely, but that Intel will provide progress reports on the patches its working on. "To accelerate the security of the entire industry, we commit to publicly identify significant security vulnerabilities following rules of responsible disclosure and, further, we commit to working with the industry to share hardware innovations that will accelerate industry-level progress in dealing with side-channel attacks," wrote Krzanich in his statement. He also committed to help fund academic and independent research into possible security issues in the future.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
541 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

View
Volta Football is exactly what 'FIFA 20' needs

Volta Football is exactly what 'FIFA 20' needs

View
Skullcandy's Crusher ANC block noise while you feel the bass

Skullcandy's Crusher ANC block noise while you feel the bass

View
Zero's 2020 electric motorcycles include one that's loaded for adventures

Zero's 2020 electric motorcycles include one that's loaded for adventures

View
‘Call of Duty’ comes to mobile on October 1st

‘Call of Duty’ comes to mobile on October 1st

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr