Software giant Microsoft on Thursday has rolled out an emergency update for the various versions of Microsoft Windows. The update came after it was learned that Intel processors have a major security flaw. Tech experts said that the security bug could actually gather sensitive information if used maliciously.
Microsoft rolls out security update
The emergency update will be among the number of security fixes that Microsoft will be rolling out to protect the Intel chip from security threats including both the AMD and ARM chipsets.
“We’re aware of this industry-wide issue and have been working closely with chip manufacturers to develop and test mitigations to protect our customers,” Microsoft told The Verge in a statement.
“We are in the process of deploying mitigations to cloud services and have also released security updates to protect Windows customers against vulnerabilities affecting supported hardware chips from Intel, ARM, and AMD,” the company added.
Meanwhile, other tech companies like Amazon and Google were also planning to release a similar security update. Both companies were said to be working on the updates for their products and Cloud services.
It can be recalled that Intel Corp has confirmed earlier about the security flaw in its processors. Security analysts said that the security flaw is vulnerable to hacks. The company vowed that it would resolve the issue the soonest possible time.
In a Xinhua news agency report, Intel Corp said that the issue is not isolated in their products alone. “Recent reports that these exploits are caused by a ‘bug’ or a ‘flaw’ and are unique to Intel products are incorrect,” Intel said.
Also, the company said that “many types of computing devices — with many different vendors’ processors and operating systems — are susceptible to these exploits.”
Intel Corp is now working closely with AMD, ARM Holdings and other operating system vendors, to resolve the problem “promptly and constructively,” noting that it started already rolling out both software and firmware updates to mitigate these exploits.”