Researchers revealed the two bombshell bugs on Wednesday that expose individuals and businesses to potential hackers.
Spectre and Meltdown, two flaws in the basic building blocks of billions of computing devices, are haunting the internet.
“Resolving this issue will take time and incur costs,” Boland said. “Vulnerable systems will likely remain in operation for decades.”
Intel said “for the average user,” the performance impact on products using the processors from the last five years “should not be significant and will be mitigated over time.”
But for Businesses. That is a different story. Companies are rolling out fixes quickly — including Microsoft (reportedly said machines failed to come back online after receiving a patch. Some patches, including some provided by Microsoft, aren’t available automatically because they can cause programs to crash, and business will need to make sure security tools like anti-virus software is compatible with the update, explained to), Amazon ( ), Apple( ) and Google ( ). But there will be stumbling blocks: On Thursday, some Microsoft Azure customers
Government agencies issued statements warning users about the vulnerabilities.
The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team said that while the flaws “could allow an attacker to obtain access to sensitive information,” it’s not so far aware of anyone doing so. The agency urged people to read a detailed statement on the vulnerabilities by the Software Engineering Institute, a U.S.-government funded body that researches cybersecurity problems.
The institute said that “fully removing the vulnerability requires replacing vulnerable [processor] hardware.” It later changed its guidance on Thursday to suggest updating software was enough. The institute didn’t say why it had made the change and didn’t immediately respond to a request for further information.
It said the problems affect technology giants including Apple, Google and Microsoft.
“The reality is it’s going to take years before new chips are on the market that are able to bring back the functionality in a safe way,” Alperovitch said.
WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT THE CHIP FLAW
- Update your software / patches Immediately
- Brace yourself for slower devices
- Get Patch Help Contact Techimon @303.566.0373
- Upgrade older Machines Contact Techimon firstname.lastname@example.org