Intel and the wider technology industry were shaken by the Spectre CPU flaw that was discovered last year. The company has since released microcode updates for “100 percent” of its products launched in the past five years that require protection against this vulnerability and it wil continue to address the Meltdown vulnerability through future software updates. Intel is now looking toward the future and in a bid to prevent such vulnerabilities from surfacing in the future, the company is redesigning its processors for additional security.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has said that Intel is making changes to its hardware design to prevent this from happening in the future. The company has redesigned parts of the processor “to introduce new levels of protection” against Spectre variants.

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Krzanich says that you can think of this partitioning as additional “protective walls” between apps and user privilege levels to stop bad actors in their tracks. These changes are going to be implemented with Intel’s next-generation Xeon and 8th Generation Core processors that are going to be shipped in the second half of this year.

“As we bring these new products to market, ensuring that they deliver the performance improvements people expect from us is critical. Our goal is to offer not only the best performance, but also the best secure performance,” he said.

Those who have devices with existing Intel processors will continue to rely on software updates for protection against Spectre variants.

Filed in Computers. Read more about Intel. Source: newsroom.intel

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