Intel. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)
New York - Intel Corporation, trying to defuse concern that
fixes to widespread chip security vulnerabilities will slow computers, released
test results late Wednesday showing that personal computers won’t be affected
much and promised more information on servers.
The chipmaker published a table of data showing that older
processors handled typical tasks 10% slower at most, after being updated with
The information covered three generations of processors,
going back to 2015, running Microsoft’s Windows 10 and Windows 7 computer
“We previously said that we expected our performance impact
should not be significant for average computer users, and the data we are
sharing today support that expectation on these platforms,” Navin Shenoy, an
Intel senior vice president who heads its data center unit, said in a
“We plan to share initial data on some of our server
platforms in the next few days.”
Last week, the world’s biggest chipmakers and software
companies, including Intel and Microsoft Corporation, announced vulnerabilities
that leave computers and smartphones susceptible to potential hacking.
Google researchers last year discovered that features,
present in almost all processors running computers and phones, could give
cyberattackers unauthorized access to sensitive data.
Intel’s processors are at the heart of the majority of the
world’s personal computers and server machines making its assessment of the
side effects of patching the vulnerability an important indicator of the extent
of the issue.
Microsoft gave a more pessimistic appraisal than Intel’s
initial assessments, particularly for servers that form the backbone of
“As of today, we still have not received any information
that these exploits have been used to obtain customer data,” Shenoy said on
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