A design flaw in Intel processors could slow your computer down by up to 30 per cent
Linux and Microsoft programmers are working on issuing patches which will alleviate this problem but will add another issue that will affect your computer performance. The estimated performance hit on Intel products will cause a five to 30 per cent slow down based on the task and the processor being used.
This flaw is not only limited to Linux and Windows, other operating systems such as Apple’s 64-bit macOS will also be affected running the flawed Intel x86-64 hardware. An update to the macOS for this issue will result in slower performance for Macs.
The specifics of the vulnerability are not disclosed by Intel as yet, but according to The Register, this bug is present in Intel processors manufactured during the past 10 years.
The repercussions of this flaw are going to be far-reaching, with slower Intel-machines, a vulnerability which could be exploited by hackers and malware, and a negative impact on virtualization environments like Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure, and Google Compute Engine.
Both Amazon and Microsoft are expected to roll out updates in the coming week as fixes to this flaw.
For more details on this story, go to The Register.
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