... and the lawsuits:
Interesting bits from the article:
Intel, for its part, has said it already has issued updates for the majority of processors introduced in the past five years. The company said by the end of next week it "expects to have issued updates for more than 90 percent of processor products introduced within the past five years".
Well hopefully, since these exploits affect processors made by Intel since 1995, most people will have upgraded to a platform Intel will patch. Unclear whether Intel will release updates for CPU's older than that - we'll probably hear the 'lifetime' argument again (as per another Choice thread I saw recently). I still have CPU's in the 5-10 year old range in daily use. There does appear to be a lot of selective reporting on this topic.
From the same article above:
Furthermore, Intel said that the security issues are not from the processor designs themselves, but in the approach that researchers used to compromise a system.
<cough>. The Titanic was unsinkable by design too, but the iceberg was to blame because of the approach it used (you know, floating, being hard, and being there in the first place, in the ocean, where icebergs are generally ...).
"Intel is committed to product and customer security and is working closely with many other technology companies, including AMD, ARM Holdings and several operating system vendors, to develop an industry-wide approach to resolve this issue promptly and constructively," the company said in a statement.
What I hear is "our butts are all hanging in the breeze, let's band together to provide an industry-wide butt protection approach".
Intel was informed by Google about the vulnerability in June and In November Intel CEO Brian Krzanich cashed out US$24 million worth of stock in the company, according to a report by Business Insider. Intel, for its part, told Business Insider that the sale was part of a standard stock-sale plan and had nothing to do with the disclosed chip vulnerability.
Indeed - selling stock when there's a risk of it diving is a 'standard plan' - there's other names you could call it as well
A couple of Intel references:
"Facts" ... not sure what type of facts they are, but facts none the less.
shhhh - there's people on this forum who aren't convinced Google is 'honest'
FWIW I think the risk to most of us is low if we follow the basics of keeping patched and making sure we have good security (AV, ad blocking, badgers, etc etc) and we pay attention ... plenty of other articles about that.