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Intel CEO says fixes for serious chip security flaws are on the way

Postby MrFredPFL » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:40 pm

Story : http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-intel-chip-ces-20180109-story.h





Intel Corp. has big plans to steer toward new business in self-driving cars, virtual reality and other cutting-edge technologies. But first it has to pull out of a skid caused by a serious security flaw in its processor chips, which undergird many of the world's smartphones and personal computers.

Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich opened his keynote talk Monday night at the annual CES gadget show in Las Vegas by addressing the hard-to-fix flaws disclosed by security researchers last week. At an event known for its technological optimism, it was an unusually sober and high-profile reminder of the information security and privacy dangers lurking beneath many of the tech industry's wonders.

Some researchers have argued that the flaws reflect a fundamental hardware defect that can't be fixed without a recall. But Intel has pushed back against that idea, arguing that the problems can be “mitigated” by software or firmware upgrades. Companies including Microsoft and Apple have announced efforts to patch the vulnerabilities.

And Krzanich promised fixes in the coming week to 90% of the processors Intel has made in the past five years, consistent with an earlier statement from the company. He added that updates for the rest of those recent processors should follow by the end of January. Krzanich did not address the company's plans for older chips.







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