Explainer: How chip flaws Spectre, Meltdown work and what's next

The software update is believed to be part of a number of fixes that will protect against the vulnerabilities and anti-virus vendors have been advised to update their softwares in order for them to work well with the new patches.

Microsoft's VP of Cloud and Enterprise Scott Guthrie helped move Azure onto Intel alternatives.MicrosoftMajor technology companies had been experimenting with Intel alternatives even before the security flaws were revealed.

Researchers with Google's Project Zero, in conjunction with academic and industry researchers from several countries, first reported the flaws publicly on Jan. 3, but major tech firms have said they knew about the flaws months ago. We also had synchronised Intel Shooting Star quadcopter drones fly around and light up to the tune of the song and musicians learnt musical notes from their human counterpart in real time, which used Intel's Movidius neural compute engine. But in a Q&A this morning, Nvidia's CEO was at pains to point out that none of Nvidia's hardware is vulnerable to Meltdown or Spectre; instead, it's Nvidia's software, which runs on a computer's CPU, that needed patching. In the coming days and weeks we have seen, and will continue to see, more remedial patches coming from vendors.

The best thing people can do is keep their devices current with the latest updates and security patches.

Its chip-making rival Nvidia had boasted earlier in the week that it was working with more than 320 partners on self-drive vehicles, including Uber and VW.

Meanwhile, the processor manufacturer also said that the performance impact will not be as significant on "average computer users". All of this was possible through the unique way existing data was processed or as Krzanich puts it, "the unseen driving force of the next wave of technological revolution".

Microsoft took the rare step Tuesday of detailing exactly how its latest security fix would impact your computer's performance - down to the millisecond.

"It's an excellent showcase for the technology and it does give the brand a boost - it's a very effective marketing exercise", said Mr Blaber. Krzanich also announced that it has made big strides in quantum computing, as it has delivered a 17-qubit superconducting test chip for quantum computing to QuTech, Intel's quantum research partner in the Netherlands. However, the emergency updates apparently caused overworking most Intel processors.

GPZ Variant 2 (Branch Target Injection or Spectre) is applicable to AMD processors. These vulnerabilities have the potential to leave this information exposed if exploited correctly. These hardware bugs allow programs to steal data which is now processed on the computer.

We believe AMD processors are not susceptible due to our use of privilege level protections within paging architecture and no mitigation is required.

Mitigations began to land upstream in the Linux kernel shortly after the public disclosure to address the vulnerabilities separately.

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