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7 Things You Need To Know About Spectre And Meltdown Security Exploits

Security researchers have discovered exploits that are being referred to as Spectre and Meltdown that chip giant Intel says impacts its own processors as well as those from AMD and ARM. Here are seven things you need to know about Spectre and Meltdown.

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So Far -- No "Observed Active Deployment" Of Spectre And Meltdown

Intel Vice President Stephen Smith says that so far the chip giant has observed "proof of concept" of the Spectre and Meltdown exploits but has not "observed any active deployment" of the exploits in PCs or servers.

Smith says Intel is moving forward with a "comprehensive" threat mitigation plan that includes operating system and firmware updates that will be made available in the next "few weeks." By the end of next week Intel says it expects to have issued updates for more than 90 percent of processor products introduced within the past five years.

"We have been working to put together a combination of operating system updates on the broadly used operating systems and some firmware updates that we developed that are specific to the configuration and operation of our processor," said Smith in a conference call with analysts on Wednesday night. "That has all been developed with industry partners, tested with industry partners, working with OS vendors and with OEMs. We have been working at this for some time such that we'll be ready beginning in the next few days to start the deployment of the mitigations. It will probably take a few weeks before the mitigations we have in mind will all be available to customers."

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