Intel Reportedly Warned China Of Spectre And Meltdown Exploits Before US Government

With Spectre and Meltdown exploits coming to light, chip manufacturers like Intel, AMD, and ARM are in trouble and things were worse for Intel as the company already knew about the exploit but didn’t reveal and now a report has made its way on the internet suggesting that Intel warned China way before these exploits came to light.

According to Wall Street Journal, the company revealed the Spectre and Meltdown exploits to several Chinese Tech companies including Alibaba and Lenovo before these vulnerabilities were notified to the US Government.

The Chinese Government monitor these conversations and could potentially have exploited these security flaws. However, Intel is yet to comment on the situation.

While these exploits have become a problem for the Chip manufacturer but, Intel has promised hardware fix for these exploits by the end of 2018.

CEO Brian Krzanich revealed that the company is working on a hardware fix for its next line of processors that will be available in 2019. According to Brian, the company plans ‘in-silicon” fixes by the end of the year.

Furthermore, Intel has asked users to not download these patches as they create the reboot issues in systems. According to Intel, they are working on new patches that are currently being tested and the new solution will be rolled out once the testing has been done.

However, Intel has assured that it is working on an updated solution for the security flaws that will not cause the systems to randomly reboot and the updated solution will roll out once the testing has been done.

With so many devices being open to security flaws, Nvidia has confirmed that its GPUs are immune to Spectre and Meltdown flaws.

“Our GPUs are immune, they’re not affected by these security issues. What we did is we released driver updates to patch the CPU security vulnerability. We are patching the CPU vulnerability the same way that Amazon, the same way that SAP, the same way that Microsoft, etc are patching, because we have software as well.”

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Source: WSJ