Intel released a statement earlier today denying media reports that upcoming patches for a yet-to-be-disclosed security bug cause huge performance dips for devices using Intel CPUs.
The vulnerability —detailed in a previous Bleeping Computer article here— is said to be a security issue that impacts Intel processors mainly.
Details about this vulnerability are currently kept under wraps due to concerns of potential attacks that might try to exploit the bug.
Intel says other vendors are also affected
In its statement, Intel acknowledged the security issue for the first time but said that other vendors are also affected, and this is not an Intel-only issue.
Recent reports that these exploits are caused by a “bug” or a “flaw” and are unique to Intel products are incorrect. 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 right. The patches for the said security issue apply to CPUs from all vendors, not just Intel, and address general design issues in kernel memory management.
The confusion that only Intel is affected comes after an AMD engineer said that AMD processors are not affected by the vulnerability, even recommending that users disable the new security feature introduced in Linux kernels to address the flaw, fearing performance dips in AMD CPUs.
Intel says performance dip is not significant
While Intel acknowledged the security issue, the company’s execs have a bone to pick with all the news stories that put a focus on “performance dips” in Intel CPUs.
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