The performance impact of the recent security updates should not be significant and will be mitigated over time, Intel said late on Thursday, adding that Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft reported little to no performance impact from the security updates.
It said that updates have already been issued for "the majority" of Intel processors launched within the past five years, and that by the end of next week, it expects to have issued updates for more than 90 per cent of processor products introduced within the past five years.
Virtually every modern computing device is affected by the flaws, leaving technology companies scrambling to release patches to mitigate the threat, which could otherwise leave sensitive information exposed to hackers. By Wednesday, Google and Microsoft said they had updated their systems to deal with the flaw. Sony, the other major console manufacturer, whose Playstation also uses custom AMD processor, has not responded or confirmed about the effect of Meltdown on its game consoles.
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The three complaints, which have been filed in the days after revelations that Intel chips are vulnerable to these security bugs, cite Intel's "failure to disclose" the security vulnerability in a timely fashion. However, a variety of processors and operating systems (OS), not just those from Intel, are at risk, according to a statement made by Intel.
Most viruses utilise flaws in software to gain access to your system. We invite you to install this emergency update as soon as possible, though Microsoft explained yesterday that some versions of anti-virus software may block the installation of the patch. That feature has been used in nearly every Intel processor since 1995, and is used by many AMD and ARM processors today.
It's not all good news for AMD, however, as another flaw has been found which can affect systems using Intel, ARM, and AMD.
Practically all devices released in the past few decades are susceptible to the bugs, which let attackers see key information stored in the memory of an operating system kernel.
Independent security researcher Lukasz Olejnik pointed out that although the bugs are currently hard to execute, now that they are public, malicious parties will develop increasingly effective ways to carry them out. The ARM design is also used in Apple's mobile chips. It said that it had already protected almost all instances of AWS and that customers must update their own software running atop the service as well.