Intel releases "Security-First Pledge" after chip flaw criticism

Intel however is emphasizing on customer security and is promising in delivering latest updates in the coming months to minimize the damage which can be caused due to Meltdown and Spectre security flaws.

The final SKU tested in this run was a 6th generation Skylake-S processor and there Intel found performance impact to be slightly higher when running Windows 10, but lower when running Windows 7 and even lower if the system is running on a hard drive rather than a solid state drive.

In a blog post, Microsoft said that of the 45 Microsoft versions it currently supports, it has issued patches for 41 of them.

Separately, Microsoft also said security updates have made Windows systems on computers using chipsets from AMD unbootable.

Because of the recent discovery of design flaw in Intel CPUs, Microsoft's response is a patch that will fix the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerability.

Responsiveness measures the speed of processes like launching applications, browsing the internet on multiple tabs, and copying or encrypting files, according to Bapco, the company that creates the tool Intel used to benchmark the chips' performance. But, on Wednesday, the company said its chips are affected by the Spectre flaw.

On the other hand, Microsoft has discontinued security updates for Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities on AMD systems.

Their statement went on to explain on how they and other technology companies were fully aware of the bugs. Those chips could see more significant slowdowns, which are likely to be noticeable to the average user. "This is why you want to be careful to evaluate the risk of untrusted code for each Windows Server instance, and balance the security versus performance tradeoff for your environment".

"This means the typical home and business PC user should not see significant slowdowns in common tasks such as reading email, writing a document or accessing digital photos", the chipmaker added.

The new year got off to a rough start when several research teams disclosed critical vulnerabilities in a wide array of modern microprocessors. In addition, some of the patches released for the vulnerabilities have reportedly caused performance and stability issues.