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Microsoft is offering an unusual out of the box security update to all the supported versions of Windows. The software update is one of those fixes that will secure against a newly found processor error in Intel, ARM, and AMD chipsets. Sources of Microsoft’s plans tell that the tech giant will issue Windows update that will by default applied to Windows 10 devices from today onwards.

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The software update will also be present for older and other supported versions of Windows operating system, but devices having operating systems like Windows 7 or Windows 8 won’t be updated automatically via Windows Update until next week. Windows 10 will be updated from today onwards automatically.

While Microsoft is identifying the issues quickly, the fixes will also depend on latest updates from Intel, ARM, and AMD vendors. Some antivirus firms will also have to update their software to work appropriately with the latest patches from Microsoft, as the changes are linked to Kernel level.

The software patches and firmware updates could cause some troubles to run the device slower. Sources familiar with the situation tell the experts that Intel processors that are based on latest architecture won’t face any specific low performance issues. But, older processors might slow down drastically due to the software and firmware updates.

Intel in its statement told any slowdown issues will only be due to “workload-dependent,” however the company has not cleared on how this will affect the older devices. Microsoft is also looking to update its cloud servers with the newest firmware and software fixes, and these updates are available now.

The experts know that Microsoft is planning to content and disclose the security faults in the processors. The exact error appears to be due to the way that regular applications and programs can find the contents of secure kernel memory sections. Kernels in operating systems have full access over the whole system, and connect the applications to the memory, processors and other hardware peripherals inside a PC. There seems to be a fault in modern processors that allow attackers skip the kernel protections so that regular applications can read the stuff of kernel memory.

Microsoft and other Linux programs are securing against this by sorting out the kernel’s memory away from the user different process in what’s being referred as the “Kernel Page Table Isolation.” Linux updates have been rolling out over the last week, and now Windows updates are also made available from today onwards.

Microsoft has assured the Windows latest update in a statement:

We’re concerned of this industry wide major issue and have been in proper coordination with chip designers to develop and test every loop holes to secure our customers. We are in the method of installing mitigations to cloud services and have also released security patches to protect Windows customers against suspicious activities affecting hardware chipsets from Intel, AMD, and ARM. We have not got any data to indicate that these loop holes had been used to harm our customers.

Earlier today Microsoft reported on a memory leak fault in Intel Processors that puts the devices of some Windows users at risk. However Intel was quick to sack the reports, claiming the bug is not only with the Intel chips but also related to AMD. Indeed, Microsoft is set to issue a Windows Update to fix the latest Intel processor safety issues. Google has also revealed the full information on these processor faults, assuring that AMD and ARM chipsets are also affected.

According to the initials report, the software update is very uncommon security update and will be there for all supported versions of Windows. The security update will by default roll out to all Windows 10 desktops, though we’re not observing it on any of our devices just yet. It’s also set to become accessible on other Windows operating systems 7 & 8, though it will not come automatically on these devices until next week.

This update mainly depends on kernel fixes, and it may be needed for antivirus programs to be updated in order to work efficiently once this update is installed in the device. In its earlier released statement, Intel said that fixes would slow down devices using outdated chipsets, claiming that slowdowns from any security updates is due to the “workload-dependent.” Their full details on this problem can be seen below:

Intel and other chipset designing companies have been made alert of new security research describing software analysis techniques that, when used for infected purposes, have the skill to improperly gather susceptible data from computing machines that are operating as designed. Intel claims that these exploits do not have the skills to corrupt, modify or erase data.

Recent reports claims that these troubles are due to a “bug” or an “error” and are only to Intel products are totally incorrect. Based on the analysis till date, many kinds of computing devices with multiple chipset making firms and operating systems are weak to these exploits.

Intel is dedicated to product and client security and is functioning closely with many other technology firms, including AMD, ARM and multiple operating system vendors, to create an industry wide method to fix this issue promptly and profitably. Intel has started providing software and other firmware updates to resolve these exploits. Contrary to some initial reports, any performance issues are due to workload, and, for the average PC user, should not be vital and will be fixed over time.

Intel is dedicated to the industry best technology of responsible disclosure of possible security issues, which is why Intel and other chipset makers had planned to disclose this technical issue in coming week when more software and firmware updates will be present. But, Intel is making this statement because of the current inadequate media claims.

Check with your operating system or device manufacturer and use any available updates as soon as they are present. Following good security techniques that secure against malware in general will also protect against any exploitation until regular updates can be applied.

Intel assures that its products are the most protected in the world and that, with the technical support of its partners, the current solutions to this technical issue offer the best possible protection for its customers.

With essentially all modern Intel processors being affected by this bug, this is surely a nightmare for Intel, and it’s still uncertain how the Windows updates will affect efficiency on PCs with Intel processors. Even if the Intel said today that these updates won’t slow down devices, this is likely to affect consumer’s trust in the Intel’s premium chips going into the rest of 2018.

The writer of this blog post Alex, is an experienced technician at a reputed organization offering Microsoft Windows Technical Support. Alex is highly experienced and fixes customer issues at any time of the day. Alex takes the remote access of the customer PC, to fix the issues in front of customer only.