Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Intel will patch all recent chips by the end of January


The vulnerabilities can be found in a number of computing products released in the last two decades. But, now it is an even bigger test. Enough for the company's CEO Brian Krzanich to divert from its otherwise glitzy CES keynote in Las Vegas to address concerns about the security problems impacting numerous world's chips.

Quantum computing also got a shout-out, as Intel flagged that its new Tangle Lake 49-qubit quantum computing test chip is now being shared with research partner QuTech, another step in getting deployed and once again significantly speeding up processing power. "Everybody is going to start now".

"Security is job No. 1 for Intel and our industry, and the primary focus of our decisions have been to keep our customers' data safe", Krzanich said.

AMD has said that there is nearly a "zero risk" to its processors because of the fact its chips are designed differently.

Entertainment is getting a significant leg up beyond the Ferrari partnership with the launch of Intel Studios, a new volumetric studio in Los Angeles, naming Paramount Pictures as its first partner.

Apple hasn't disclosed exactly what security issues are addressed by iOS 11.2.2, but we can expect to see details on Apple's security page shortly.

Intel's share price has remained stable despite the negative publicity. So Krzanich comes to CES every year to tout the Intel technology that enables gee-whiz gadgets.

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The certification is done to give consumers the confidence that the device they purchased will indeed work with the new standard. This helps ensure optimal performance for devices, as well as low latency for applications like gaming, video and voice calls.

A shadow hung over Monday's presentation amid questions about the fundamental security inside computer chips from Intel and its rivals. A company spokesman said the sale had been unrelated to the security issues and followed a prearranged annual trading plan.

Spectre is a name covering two different exploitation techniques known as CVE-2017-5753 or "bounds check bypass", and CVE-2017-5715 or "branch target injection".

Meltdown was discovered by Graz University of Technology researcher, Daniel Gruss. Meltdown affects only Intel chips. Apple confirmed on Thursday that the security flaws also affected its iOS and Mac devices, and it was already working on software fixes to protect against the vulnerabilities. Google and Amazon are reportedly doing the same thing for their cloud services.

Should we be bothered by Spectre and Meltdown? "There are dangers associated with that".

There is no evidence these flaws have been exploited.

The truth of that statement, much like Intel's response to the bugs, will likely take some time to flesh out. Google said its users of Android phones - more than 80 percent of the global market - were protected if they had the latest security updates.

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