According to reports, the security flaw that exists in Intel processors has existed in every processor since 1995. Based on that, Intel has taken offense that many are considering this a “bug.” The company has also taken offense that it is being singled-out by the industry as the only processor supplier to be affected by the flaw.
In a statement on the company’s web site, Intel says…
…Based on the analysis to date, many types of computing devices — with many different vendors’ processors and operating systems — are susceptible to these exploits.
Intel is committed to product and customer security and is working closely with many other technology companies, including AMD, ARM Holdings and several operating system vendors, to develop an industry-wide approach to resolve this issue promptly and constructively. Intel has begun providing software and firmware updates to mitigate these exploits. Contrary to some reports, any performance impacts are workload-dependent, and, for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time.
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