GETTY • LENOVOWindows 10, Linux and Apple Mac users have been put on alert about an Intel 'design flaw'
Windows 10, Apple Mac and Linux fans have been warned about a security risk that reportedly affects Intel processors.
A “fundamental design flaw” was allegedly discovered with Intel chipsets, and it will spark major updates from operating software creators.
The Register reported that Microsoft are readying a Windows patch to address the issue as are Linux.
The Redmond-based tech giant is expected to launch a Windows fix in an upcoming Patch Tuesday.
However, it’s claimed these patches will have a massive impact on performance - with the updates slowing down PCs by up to 30 per cent.
It’s also claimed Apple’s macOS will need to be updated to address the issues.
Apple’s line of MacBooks all boast Intel processors, with their MacBook Pros featuring the Kaby Lake chipsets.
While Windows 10 laptops invariably have Intel processors instead of rival AMD chipsets.
The Register claims the design flaw means major changes will have to be made to the Windows and Linux kernels.
While Apple will have to fix the issue “in software at the OS level”.
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Describing the issue, The Register said: “It is understood the bug is present in modern Intel processors produced in the past decade.
Explaining how the vulnerability may be abused, they added: “At best, the vulnerability could be leveraged by malware and hackers to more easily exploit other security bugs.
“At worst, the hole could be abused by programs and logged-in users to read the contents of the kernel's memory.
“Suffice to say, this is not great. The kernel's memory space is hidden from user processes and programs because it may contain all sorts of secrets, such as passwords, login keys, files cached from disk, and so on.
“Imagine a piece of