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CES 2018: Intel's CEO addresses security flaw in its chips

DECCAN CHRONICLE / AP
Published Jan 9, 2018, 11:45 am IST
Updated Jan 9, 2018, 1:18 pm IST
CEO speaks about major security flaw that industry’s facing today – ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’.
Intel's CEO, Brian Krzanich at Intel's keynote,CES 2018.
 Intel's CEO, Brian Krzanich at Intel's keynote,CES 2018.

At Intel’s keynote in CES 2018, CEO Brian Krzanich addressed the major security flaw that industry’s facing today – ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’. He said that there have been no known attempts to exploit the flaws, which affect processors built by Intel and other chipmakers. CEO also mentioned that Intel aims to fix the problem in the coming week for 90 percent of its processors built in the last 5 years, and the rest of those processors by the end of the month

The CEO says, “The collaboration among so many companies to address this industry-wide issue across several different processor architectures has been truly remarkable. Security is job number one for Intel and our industry. So, the primary focus of our decisions and our discussions have been to keep our customer’s data safe.”

 

“As of now, we have not received any information that these exploits have been used to obtain customer data. And we are working tirelessly on these issues to ensure it stays that way. The best thing you can do to make sure your data remains safe is to apply any updates from your operating system vendor and system manufacturer as soon as they become available.”

The head of Intel aims to steer the company toward new business in self-driving cars, virtual reality and other cutting-edge technologies. Though first, it may have to pull out of a skid caused by a serious security flaw in its processor chips, which undergird many of the world's smartphones and personal computers.

 

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