Sunday , 21 January 2018
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Intel Aims To Change the World, But Needs Bug Fix First

Ahead of today’s kickoff of CES 2018 in Las Vegas, which runs through Friday, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich last night introduced show-goers to a number of new technologies and initiatives his company is rolling out. They include partnerships for autonomous driving, electric air transport, 3D and immersive-reality video, advanced drones, neuromorphic computing, and quantum computing.

Krzanich’s talk on “How Data is Shaping Innovation of the Future” covered the gamut of applications being enabled by advanced computing that can quickly handle huge volumes of data. The next several years will bring “a rush of breakthroughs using data and AI, according to Krzanich (pictured above). “I think we’re just beginning to push the envelope here,” he said.

Patch Impacts and Securities Questions

At the start of his Monday evening keynote, Krzanich also acknowledged and thanked industry researchers who recently reported the major security vulnerabilities Meltdown and Spectre, and are working to issue fixes for both bugs.

Meltdown, which affects mostly Intel processors, opens up the possibility for malicious actors to access memory anywhere on a device, while Spectre affects a wide range of Intel, ARM, and AMD chips manufactured since the 1990s. Publicly revealed last week, both bugs were identified last year but kept under wraps while programmers worked to develop fixes.

“As of now, we have not received any information that these exploits have been used to obtain customer data,” Krzanich said. “For our processors, products introduced in the past five years, Intel expects to issue updates for more than 90 percent of them within a week and the remaining by the end of January.”

Meltdown and Spectre are both hardware-based, system-level vulnerabilities connected to how processors access kernel memory or execute instructions to perform tasks and run programs. Researchers initially warned that patches could slow the performance of some devices by as…

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