Meltdown, Spectre: Intel CEO says your data is safe but update your device without delay

Intel CEO says the company has no information that the two CPU flaws have been used to obtain customers’ data.

tech Updated: Jan 09, 2018 14:53 IST
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Intel Corp. CEO Brian Krzanich delivers a keynote address at CES 2018 at Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on January 8, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AFP)

Chipset giant Intel has been drawing flak ever since Google’s Project Zero discovered two major flaws affecting top processors used in the last two decades. At the ongoing CES 2018 conference in Las Vegas, CEO Brian Krzanich for the first time came out in the open here to allay fears of any data breach.

The two vulnerabilities -- “Meltdown” and “Spectre” -- have affected the Intel, AMD and ARM chips used in the last two decades.

Google revealed “Meltdown” and “Spectre” security bugs in chips that can make it possible for hackers to access sensitive information.

Addressing the gathering at his keynote address at the “CES 2018” here on Monday, Krzanich said: “I want to take a moment to thank the industry for addressing the recent security findings. The collaboration among so many companies to address this industry-wide issue has been truly remarkable.”

“Our primary goal has been to keep our customers safe. We have not received any information that these exploits have been used to obtain customers’ data,” Intel CEO told the audience.

He urged everyone to patch their systems as soon as these are available. Intel last week said it is rapidly issuing updates for all types of Intel-based computer systems -- including personal computers and servers -- that render those systems immune from both exploits.

“Intel has already issued updates for the majority of processor products introduced within the past five years. By the end of next week, Intel expects to have issued updates for more than 90 percent of processor products introduced within the past five years,” the company said.

Apple too admitted that all Mac systems and iOS devices were affected but are safe at the moment. All the big tech giants -- Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and others -- have pushed out updates for their devices to fix the two vulnerabilities. ALSO READ: Apple rolls out new update to fix the CPU bug

First Published: Jan 09, 2018 14:52 IST