By Felix Omondi
We recently ran an article about a vulnerability on Intel chips that allows desktop applications to access more information than they are ought. The level of access desktop applications are getting on Intel-powered devices are too deep, and only allowed to operating system kernel.
As a precaution measure against such level of access, the operating system uses hardware features of the chip to reinforce block on desktop application access too deep into the system. It has since been established that Intel chips are failing in doing so; thus a software security layer needs to be added on top of the hardware security layer.
The biggest problem with the software security layer – which is being issued as a security patch update by Microsoft for and Linux to its various distribution – is that they will slow down your device by at least 30% of its usual speed.
Intel chips also power some Apple devices, and they are also affected by the vulnerability. Apple has also come out to confirm that indeed nearly all its devices are affected by the vulnerability.
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