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World's popular chip-maker Intel just recently confirmed a potential security flaw in its chips. Findings and reports further suggested that the security bug, if used for malicious purposes, had the potential to improperly gather sensitive data from computing devices.
However, Intel had announced that it "is committed to the product and customer security and is working closely with many other technology companies, including AMD, ARM Holdings, and several operating system vendors, to develop an industry-wide approach to resolve this issue promptly and constructively."
And now amidst all this scenario, Microsoft has now announced that it is issuing emergency updates to supported versions of Windows. According to a report by The Verge, the software update is part of a number of fixes that would protect against the processor bug in Intel as well as 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 said in a statement to The Verge.
"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," it added. Amazon and Google have also been reportedly working on security updates to their Cloud services and other products.
Meanwhile, the security flaw in Intel's chips makes it vulnerable to hacking. It was first discovered by a British tech website, the Register. "Recent reports that these exploits are caused by a 'bug' or a 'flaw' and are unique to Intel products are incorrect," Intel was quoted as saying.
With all sort of reports being filed Intel has also argued that "many types of computing devices -- with many different vendors' processors and operating systems -- are susceptible to these exploits."
"Intel has begun providing software and firmware updates to mitigate these exploits," the company has stated. "Intel is committed to the industry best practice of responsible disclosure of potential security issues, which is why Intel and other vendors had planned to disclose this issue next week when more software and firmware updates will be available."
Intel has also advised users to check their operating system vendor or system manufacturer and apply any available updates as soon as they are available. Security updates are always an important one generally.