An oversight in the design of an Intel chipset is forcing an update for Linux and Windows devices that will result in massive slowdowns, possibly upwards of 30%. This design flaw isn’t just a processing issue, it’s also a security one. Apple devices are also affected, meaning that Intel’s x86-84 processors are going to need a complete redesign to work. The error is reported to be so deep in the units that code updates, even at the finest level, can’t remove the error. Completely new processors are required to fix the problem by replacing the compromised units. Exactly what’s wrong has been deliberately hidden by Intel in an attempt to stop the issue becoming a widespread problem. Patch notes were released, but with the attendant explanation deliberately redacted to make understanding the changes harder.
Max is a Legal Assistant and author residing in the Philadelphia area He has been writing for AskCyberSecurity.com since early 2017.