Intel Processors are said to be suffering from a serious chip-level security flaw which isn’t that easy to fix. And as per a post published in ‘The Register’, the fix must come from the OS level and when available could easily hit the overall performance of the processor.
As per the report, the bug seems to be a fundamental design flaw that is present on all modern Intel processors produced in the past decade.
Technically, the bug is said to allow user programs to track down the contents of the kernel memory which is by-default protected. So, hackers could easily make use of this flaw to exploit other security bugs.
The most annoying part of this whole ‘Intel Bug’ story is the fact that the security fix can slow down the processor by 5% to 30% as the processor must discard cached data to reload new info from the memory.
Currently, the developers of Linux and Microsoft are working on the issue to bring into open the fix.
Cybersecurity Insiders has learned that the bug infects all Intel-powered Macs as the flaw is existing in Intel’s x86 hardware.
Intel is yet to make this security flaw official on its web page and is supposed to do so next week.