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Intel, Microsoft, Google Scramble for Solutions as Patches Slow Systems
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Major tech companies, including Intel, Microsoft and Google, scrambled to calm the mood this week after a large number of computer users reported performance problems linked to security updates for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. A firestorm of criticism has erupted over the response to the chip flaws, which researchers at Google’s Project Zero discovered […]

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Intel tried desperately to change the subject from Spectre and Meltdown at CES
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 Intel had a bad week last week. It was so bad that the chip maker has to be thrilled to have CES, the massive consumer technology show going on this week in Las Vegas, as a way to change the subject and focus on the other work they are doing. Read More

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Intel is having reboot issues with its Spectre-Meltdown patches
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 It hasn’t been a fun time to be Intel. Last week the company revealed two chip vulnerabilities that have come to be known as Spectre and Meltdown and have been rocking the entire chip industry ever since. This week the company issued some patches to rectify the problem. Today, word leaked that some companies were […]

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Can We Replace Intel x86 With an Open Source Chip?
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An anonymous reader quotes, Jason Perlow, the senior technology editor at ZDNet: Perhaps the Meltdown and Spectre bugs are the impetus for making long-overdue changes to the core DNA of the semiconductor industry and how chip architectures are designed… Linux (and other related FOSS tech that forms the overall stack) is now a mainstream operating […]

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Intel faces class action lawsuits regarding Meltdown and Spectre
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Enlarge / An Intel CPU. (credit: Mark Walton) Three class action complaints have been filed against Intel over the Meltdown and Spectre CPU security flaws that were discovered by researchers earlier this year and widely publicized earlier this week. The three lawsuits—filed in California, Indiana, and Oregon (PDF)—cite not just the security vulnerabilities and their […]

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After Meltdown and Spectre revelation, questions arise about timing of Intel CEO’s stock sales
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 The timing of Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s large sale of shares in November is raising questions because a Securities and Exchange Commission filing appeared to show that the transactions were planned after the company was informed about the Meltdown and Spectre bugs, but before they were made public. Read More

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Most Intel PCs 'immune' to Spectre, Meltdown by next week     – CNET
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The chipmaker says updates soon will block any attacks using the new vulnerabilities. And most people won’t notice a slowdown, it promises.

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Massive Intel Chip Security Flaw Threatens Computers
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A design flaw in all Intel chips produced in the last decade is responsible for a vulnerability that puts Linux, Windows and macOS-powered computers at risk, according to multiple press reports. The flaw reportedly is in the kernel that controls the chip performance, allowing commonly used programs to access the contents and layout of a […]

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'Kernel Memory Leaking' Intel Processor Design Flaw Forces Linux, Windows Redesign
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According to The Register, “A fundamental design flaw in Intel’s processor chips has forced a significant redesign of the Linux and Windows kernels to defang the chip-level security bug.” From the report: Programmers are scrambling to overhaul the open-source Linux kernel’s virtual memory system. Meanwhile, Microsoft is expected to publicly introduce the necessary changes to […]

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