Intel Security Flaw May Affect Every Mac and PC Made Within A Decade
Is your new Mac or PC running a bit faster than you think it should? The good news is that it’s not your imagination. The bad news is that its the result of a design flaw in Intel chips.
The Register reports that the flaw could affect every computer using Intel chips made within the past decade. An update should be rolling out in the coming days which will fix the vulnerability, but it may slow down your computer. It is estimated that once the flaw is fixed, some affected computers could see as much as a 30 percent drop in performance.
Upon hearing that, some people may be tempted to skip out on this update, but you really shouldn’t. The flaw within Intel’s chips could allow unauthorized users access to your computer.
The potential hit in performance is an unintended side-effect of the upcoming patch. The patch will partition the memory kernel into a separate space. The problem is that this will mean the computer will be forced to do more work to access the kernel meaning that it could make your computer run slower.
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