A design flaw has been found in microprocessors made by Intel Corp that requires updates to computer operating systems, a tech publication reported, adding that the fix causes the chips to operate more slowly.
The defect affects the so-called kernel memory on Intel processor chips manufactured over the past decade, The Register reported, citing unnamed programmers, and the flaw allows users of normal applications to discern the layout or content of protected areas on the chips.
That could make it possible for hackers to exploit other security bugs or, worse, expose secure information such as passwords, thus compromising individual computers or even entire server networks.
Intel and Microsoft did not immediately respond to emailed requests for comment sent during European working hours.
Shares in Intel fell by more than 3 percent in pre-market trading following the report.iPhone transfer software
The Register said programmers for the Linux open-source operating system were working to overhaul the affected memory areas, while