Intel to issue updates for 90% of Intel CPUs by Jan 15

Intel for CIOsIntel Corporation CEO Brian Krzanich said the company will issue updates for 90 percent of Intel CPUs introduced in the past five years.

He said this in an open letter to tech leaders following announcements of the Google Project Zero security exploits last week.

By Jan. 15, Intel will have issued updates for at least 90 percent of Intel CPUs introduced in the past five years, with updates for the remainder of these CPUs available by the end of January. Intel will then focus on issuing updates for older products as prioritized by customers.

Intel website will provide frequent progress reports of patch progress, performance data and other information.

Intel will publicly identify significant security vulnerabilities following rules of responsible disclosure. Intel will work with the industry to share hardware innovations that will accelerate industry-level progress in dealing with side-channel attacks. Intel will be adding incremental funding for academic and independent research into potential security threats.

Intel CEO in the open letter today said that timely adoption of software and firmware patches by consumers and system manufacturers is critical. Transparent and timely sharing of performance data by hardware and software developers is essential to rapid progress.

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