Intel says rapidly issuing updates to all processors impacted by Meltdown


"Spectre" can affect computers, phones and tablets.

While it's urging to see that Xbox is unaffected, different sorts of devices from PC to telephones, and web servers, still aren't completely checked.

The security flaw in Intel chips allowed hackers to steal information from a memory of computer chips on some personal devices and data centers.

Intel's rapid response comes after startling revelations from Google Project Zero over the vulnerabilities, particularly within Intel chips (Meltdown) but also those from all processor manufacturers (Spectre). But chipmakers say they've got fixes ready to go.

Intel has vowed to fix two catastrophic bugs that have left nearly every modern computer and smart device vulnerable to being hacked.

Microsoft said that it has been working with manufacturers to counter vulnerabilities and protect customers.

Daniel Gruss, a researcher on the team at Graz University of Technology, which discovered one of the bugs, told Reuters that it is "probably one of the worst [central processing unit] bugs ever found".

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Speaking on Twitter, Xbox Platform lead Mike Ybarra noted that "the Xbox One's security structure already prevents attacks from the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities".

Although billions of computers and devices are vulnerable, security fixes are already being rolled out. 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.

Microsoft was pretty quick to do its part of the job in comparison to Apple, which has yet to detail its plans to address the two security flaws. But in this case, Intel was forced to disclose the problem Wednesday after British technology site The Register reported it, causing Intel's stock to fall.

Intel says it and its partners have "made significant progress" in rolling out security patches and firmware updates to protect against two major CPU bugs.

Intel continues to believe that the performance impact of these updates is highly workload-dependent and, for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time.

Meltdown is a flaw that allows any attacker to access data in the kernel memory that is generally secured from user access. But these cloud services also use computers with the same types of problem chips.

Google has notified that Android devices on the latest security patch are protected. That content includes sensitive information, including passwords and encryption keys. Rather, because key members of Google's Project Zero and data company Rambus told The New York Times that, at least in Spectre's case, this flaw is at such a level that it can not be fixed by any old security patch.