Intel clearly isn’t having a good start to 2018, ever since the highly-controversial Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities were revealed. It all happened at the wrong time. Fortunately for Intel, they had the thrill to use the Consumer Electronics Show and its platform as a method to change the subject and focus on other work. According to Tech Crunch, the company did not try to ignore the subject altogether. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich did end up dealing with the elephant in the room.
During their keynote at CES, the company spoke about how Spectre and Meltdown patches were already on their way to most of the chipsets by next week. They seemed clearly relieved to share this good news with the audience as Spectre and Meltdown are the biggest security scare in its history.
For those who aren’t aware of what these problems are: “It began last week when The Register, a U.K. technology publication published an article blowing the lid off an Intel kernel security problem in their CPU chips,” reports Tech Crunch. As described in the report, the problem wasn’t small as it allowed potential hackers unimpeded access to the chip’s kernel where personal information including passwords and encryption keys are stored.
“It later turned out there were actually two chip vulnerability problems, one that had an impact on just Intel chips called Meltdown and the other one called Spectre that affect Intel, AMD, and ARM chips and processors,” reports Tech Crunch.
Ever since these vulnerabilities have come to light, a majority of the technology giants have been working towards dispatching security patches to fix the problem. Be it OS vendors like Microsoft or Apple or even IBM, they are all working towards updating their respective devices with the ability to stay secure against Meltdown and Spectre.