On Thursday Intel company announced that it has already developed and is quickly issuing software updates for all types of Intel-based computer systems that will protect those systems from both “Spectre” and “Meltdown” exploits reported by Google Project Zero.
Intel expects that 90 percent of affected chips produced within the past 5 years will be patched by the end of next week.
The security flaw, which afflicts chips made over the past ten years, enables ordinary processes to determine the layout of protected kernel memory. This software analysis method allows a pair of exploits, named “Spectre” and “Meltdown”, to swipe data from other applications on vulnerable devices, including PCs, servers and mobile phones. Hackers could use these exploit to obtain private data like passwords or credit card details. Security researchers have found that certain AMD and Arm-based chips are also affected by the vulnerabilities.
The solution developed by Intel and its partners entails severing the link between the kernel and these processes, though that could have a significant impact on a patched chip’s operating speed. The company asserts that the impacts will be “highly workload-dependent” and not particularly noticeable by the average consumer.