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Design flaw in Intel chips slows them

Patch causes Linux, Windows systems to slow; AMD says its chips not affected

Douglas Busvine | Reuters  |  Frankfurt 

A design flaw has been found in microprocessors made by Intel Corp that requires updates to computer operating systems, a tech publication reported, adding that the fix causes the chips to operate more slowly. The defect affects the so-called kernel memory on Intel x86 processor chips manufactured over the past decade, The Register reported citing unnamed programmers, allowing users of normal applications to discern the layout or content of protected areas on the chips. That could make it possible for hackers to exploit other security bugs or, worse, expose secure information such as ...

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First Published: Thu, January 04 2018. 01:17 IST