January 4, 2018 / 6:00 PM / 9 months ago

BRIEF-Intel Issues Updates To Protect Systems From Security Exploits

Jan 4 (Reuters) - Intel Corp:

* INTEL ISSUES UPDATES TO PROTECT SYSTEMS FROM SECURITY EXPLOITS

* SAYS BY END OF NEXT WEEK, EXPECTS TO HAVE ISSUED UPDATES FOR MORE THAN 90 PERCENT OF PROCESSOR PRODUCTS INTRODUCED WITHIN THE PAST FIVE YEARS

* SAYS INTEL AND ITS PARTNERS HAVE MADE "SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS" IN DEPLOYING UPDATES AS SOFTWARE PATCHES AND FIRMWARE UPDATES

* SAYS ISSUING UPDATES FOR ALL TYPES OF INTEL-BASED COMPUTER SYSTEMS THAT RENDER THOSE SYSTEMS IMMUNE FROM “SPECTRE”, “MELTDOWN” EXPLOITS

* SAYS ON SOME DISCRETE WORKLOADS PERFORMANCE IMPACT FROM SOFTWARE UPDATES MAY INITIALLY BE HIGHER

* SAYS ALREADY ISSUED UPDATES FOR MAJORITY OF PROCESSOR PRODUCTS INTRODUCED WITHIN PAST FIVE YEARS

* SAYS CONTINUES TO BELIEVE PERFORMANCE IMPACT OF THE UPDATES FOR THE AVERAGE COMPUTER USER SHOULD NOT BE SIGNIFICANT & WILL BE MITIGATED OVER TIME

* SAYS MANY OS VENDORS, PUBLIC CLOUD SERVICE PROVIDERS, DEVICE MANUFACTURERS, OTHERS INDICATED THEY HAVE ALREADY UPDATED THEIR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

* SAYS ADDITIONAL POST-DEPLOYMENT IDENTIFICATION, TESTING & IMPROVEMENT OF SOFTWARE UPDATES SHOULD MITIGATE HIGH PERFORMANCE IMPACT ON THE DISCRETE WORKLOADS Source text: (intel.ly/2AqFHBV) Further company coverage:

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