Intel processors suffer from a security flaw that could be very serious, and the resolution of which will have a perceptible impact: the patch will slow down your computer, as it involves deep changes in Windows, macOS and Linux. Details of the Intel processor failure are still confidential, but the situation is raising concern.
Intel has recently launched the 8th generation of Core i chips, very gaming oriented, although the security bug could ruin its work. In the absence of official statements, processors from the last 10 years at least would be affected, and solving the security problem will mean that computers will slow down between 5% and 30%according to initial estimates.
Unfortunately, the option of not fixing the problem is unfeasible. Even without realizing it, it seems clear that it endangers the Intel computers of millions of people Computers with AMD processors are not affected, but the company has had a reduced market share in recent years compared to Intel, and only with the recent Ryzen has it returned to the fore.
There is currently a security patch for Linux in testing, although the comments accompanying the code have been removed, to prevent the discovery of the Intel bug and attacks. Also a fix for Windows is on the way, and macOS will most likely prepare a similar update.
The nature of the security breach is complex and not yet fully understood, but it can be summarized as that any program would access regions of the operating system's memory, with important data. It may also allow you to take control of computers with Intel processors. There is no simple solution, so a redesign of the memory management system has been necessary.
Unfortunately, it is estimated that the change in memory protection loses between 5% and 30% of performance. Patches for the Intel processor bug have been tested by Windows Insiders for some time, so they should be out soon. Unfortunately, they will slow down your computer to a greater or lesser extent.
What do you think of the security breach of Intel processors? Are you worried that it will slow down your computer excessively?