Intel says 'design flaw' that could expose passwords to hackers is not limited to its chips - and says a fix WON'T slow down machines

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Intel Corp on Wednesday acknowledged a report that a design flaw in its chips could let hackers steal data but said that it was working on a solution that would not significantly slow computers.

On Tuesday, tech publication The Register reported the flaw in Intel microprocessors required updates to computer operating systems, adding that the fix causes the chips to operate more slowly.

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Intel said the problem was broader than its chips alone and that it was working with Advanced Micro Devices Inc, ARM Holdings and others to fix the problem.

Intel also denied that the patches would bog down computers based on Intel chips.

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'Recent reports that these exploits are caused by a “bug” or a “flaw” and are unique to Intel products are incorrect,' Intel said.

'Based on the analysis to date, many types of computing devices — with many different vendors’ processors and operating systems — are susceptible to these exploits.

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'Intel has begun providing software and firmware updates to mitigate these exploits,' Intel said in a statement.

'Contrary to some reports, any performance impacts are workload-dependent, and, for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time.'

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ARM spokesman Phil Hughes confirmed that ARM was working with AMD and Intel to fix a security hole found by researchers but said it was 'not an architectural flaw' and that patches had already been shared with the companies' partners, which include most smartphone manufacturers.

'This method only works if a certain type of malicious code is already running on a device and could at worst result in small pieces of data being accessed from privileged memory,' Hughes said in an email.

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AMD chips are also affected by variants of a security flaw also discovered in Intel chips, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The earlier report in The Register...
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