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Researchers eye patches to solve Intel chip flaws By

Researchers eye patches to solve Intel chip flaws By

Intel said researchers from "Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft are among those reporting that they are seeing little to no performance impact" after installing security updates.

Intel maintains that there are no known exploits for the vulnerabilities, but it's encouraging computer users worldwide to enable automatic updates of their operating systems and other computer software to keep their systems up-to-date. But AMD jumped more than 5 percent following the publication of the security flaws, to close at $12.12 a share.

Microsoft spokesperson told CNBC in an email, "We are in the process of deploying mitigations to cloud services and have also released security updates to protect Windows customers against vulnerabilities affecting supported hardware chips from Intel, Arm, and AMD".

Security researchers had disclosed two security flaws exposing vulnerability of almost every modern computing device containing chips from Intel, Advanced Micro Devices and ARM Holdings. "This method only works if a certain type of malicious code is already running on a device and could at worst result in small pieces of data being accessed from privileged memory", Hughes said in an email.

Microsoft said that it has been working with manufacturers to counter vulnerabilities and protect customers. In a post on its website, Apple said updates to its operating systems for iPhones (iOS 11.2), Macs (macOS 10.13.2), and Apple TVs (tvOS 11.2) would defend against Meltdown.

"As this is a new class of attack, our patch status refers to our mitigation in many products (or wasn't a vulnerability in the first place)", reads another excerpt from the same January release. Some say performance speeds of Intel computers with older processors could slow down by as much as 30 per cent, though newer Skylake processors might not have face a severe impact.

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Moreover, Intel also said that it has already informed AMD, ARM, and other operating system vendors of the current vulnerability issue.

Users are advised to keep the automatic updates functionality on their machines enabled to receive the security updates for Intel CPU bug at the earliest, possibly via system update or the vendor's PC management app.

If your computer uses an Intel processor produced in the last decade, it probably contains the design flaw.

We suspect more lawsuits will follow. That means passwords, photos, and other content could be accessed by hackers. The latter is, however, a harder exploit for hackers to carry out.

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Alphabet Inc's Google said Android phones with the most recent security updates are protected, and users of popular web services like Gmail are also safe.