Intel CEO Brian Krzanich addressed the Meltdown and Spectre bugs during his keynote speech at CES in Las Vegas, saying that forthcoming updates will fix all processors that have been introduced in the past five years.
Krzanich thanked cybersecurity professionals for their work in uncovering and fixing the bugs, touting “the collaboration among so many companies to address this industry-wide issue across several different processor architectures.”
Meltdown and Spectre are two exploits that leverage critical vulnerabilities in a wide range of processor chips. Intel is the company most directly impacted. The vulnerabilities allow attackers to steal data being processed on the computer, including passwords and other sensitive data.
Since the bug became public, users have complained that patches have slowed computer performance anywhere from five to 30 percent.