Intel responds to security vulnerability

Discussion in 'Security News' started by BoraMurdar, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. BoraMurdar

    BoraMurdar Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 30, 2012
    Doctor of medicine
    Windows 10
    Intel has now responded to the issue, saying that it's not exclusive to its products, specifically calling out AMD and ARM Holdings as companies that it's working with to fix the exploit.

    While Intel only called out AMD and ARM Holdings by name, it also said that it's working with "several operating system vendors". These operating systems should include Windows, Linux, and macOS, and while macOS and Linux have been patched, Windows should get updates across the board next Tuesday. Intel said that it was planning to announce the vulnerability then.

    Tom Lendacky, a software engineer from AMD, has stated that the company's processors aren't affected at all. Of course, Intel didn't specifically say that AMD chips are vulnerable, but we've reached out to the company for a statement.

    Intel also took issue with reports that fixes will cause performance issues. The firm said that any performance impact will be "workload-dependent", and that the average consumer won't even notice it. The effect will also be lessened over the course of future updates.

    It seems likely that we'll find out more about this next week on Patch Tuesday, and other companies like AMD and Qualcomm are likely to chime in as well.
  2. Opcode

    Opcode Level 18
    Content Creator

    Aug 17, 2017
    Windows 10
    Only time will tell. I don't believe them though right now, we'll soon find out I guess. Too many issues with Intel lately, and with lack of details it is not very nice... I doubt AMD specifications have been caught up in the mess, I recon it is just Intel trying to make their image look more appealing due to the news drama.

    They likely want it to stay as quiet as possible because one more issue and that's the nail in the coffin for Intel. Hence why even if all of this is only for Intel and cannot be properly patched without a performance reduction, they're trying to keep a lid on it, maybe even paying people off to keep quiet. Who knows. I certainly don't. Just imaginary wild speculation.
  3. DeepWeb

    DeepWeb Level 9

    Jul 1, 2017
    On a journey
    Windows 10
    LOL I love how they dragged AMD and ARM into this. Petty.
  4. Winter Soldier

    Winter Soldier Level 25

    Feb 13, 2017
    PLC programmer - Robotics industry
    Windows 10
    Summing up, Intel says: "that's not true. Uhm...that is, ok yes...but not only us, even others, but we do not know who (and we're not sure).:rolleyes::giggle: