Intel Processor Security Flaw Prompts Kernel Makeovers in Linux, Windows

A design flaw in Intel microprocessors has Linux and Microsoft Windows developers reworking their kernels to defend against exploitation of the security bug.

Details of the flaw have not yet been made public, and Intel and Microsoft have remained mum about the chip design flaw, which was first reported by The Register this week. The report said Microsoft is expected to issue updates for Windows in next week’s Patch Tuesday batch, while Linux developers have been openly working on fixes online. According to the report, the OS updates ultimately could slow performance of the systems, in some cases by five- to 30%. Newer Intel processors aren’t as susceptible to a performance impact, the report said.

Read more about the as-yet undisclosed design flaw in Intel processors on DarkReading.

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