If you were worried about the reports you've heard of Athlon processors crashing after the Windows updates pushed to mitigate Spectre and Meltdown or about the performance hits these may cause certain workloads, consider the poor sysadmin that listened to Intel's keynote speech at CES. Brian Krzanich has promised patches for 90% of the affected processors by the end of the week, with the remainder by the end of this month. Such a quick response is wonderful from a security standpoint but one wonders how much stability and compatibility testing could have been done in just a few days. The acronym for the Intel Product Assurance and Security team may be very appropriate for some companies. Let us hope it does indeed go smoothly.
"Krzanich has promised that the firm will patch "90 per cent" of affected processors made in the past five years by the end of this week, adding that the remaining 10 per cent would see fixes by the end of the month."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Microsoft Says No More Windows Security Updates Unless AVs Set a Registry Key @ Slashdot
- Bad docs and blue screens make Microsoft suspend Spectre patch for AMD machines @ Ars Technica
- With WPA3, Wi-Fi Security is About To Get a Lot Tougher @ Slashdot
- Take notebooks: About those new Thinkpads… @ The Register
- Intel reveals 49 qubit quantum chip bringing it neck and neck with Google and IBM @ The Inquirer
- Micron, Intel consciously uncouple 3D NAND development @ The Register