AV Software Can Conflict with Windows Meltdown Patches — Microsoft

Intel also claims that Skylake s-platform suffers from a higher performance impact and the data shows it to be of approximately 8 percent as compared to 6 percent of Windows. Many users with older, AMD processors are reporting issues like systems not booting up properly. That's largely because, as the chipmaker explained an initial statement, there is a "near zero risk" to its processors.

New year, new security vulnerabilities! It is not just Windows users who are suffering, either.

The biggest change is adding more transistors to chips, a negligible cost, to make it easier to turn chip features on and off, he said.

"AMD will also continue to work closely with the industry on this threat".

Intel's stock prize has dropped by 7 % on the market ever since what began as rumors of the bugs turned to be true.

Other news announced during Krzanich's keynote include the launch of Intel Studios for advanced, 3D video productions; support for Intel-powered virtual reality broadcasts during the coming Olympic Winter Games; and autonomous driving technology partnerships with BMW, Nissan, Volkswagen, SAIC Motor, NavInfo, and Ferrari North America.

"We believe the performance impact of these updates is highly workload-dependent", Krzanich said yesterday.

According to Microsoft, this bug has been exploited in the wild and could allow an attacker to "run arbitrary code in the context of the current user".

How can we patch vulnerabilities on AMD?

The chip maker published a table of data showing that older processors handled typical tasks 10% slower at most, after being updated with security patches. We will then focus on issuing updates for older products as prioritized by our customers.

Last week, security researchers found a couple of major vulnerabilities affecting most modern computing devices. Devices that are affected by the flaws span laptops, desktops, mobile devices, cloud-based systems, and more.

Intel has confirmed that its patches for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities will slow down devices that apply the fix.

Where to go from here? You might experience a little slowdown, but you can't afford to skip the fixes.

When investing geniuses David and Tom Gardner have a stock tip, it can pay to listen. Obviously, if you use your computer for heavy applications, the slowdown will be more noticeable. These software updates will be provided by system providers and OS vendors; please check with your supplier for the latest information on the available option for your configuration and requirements.

Finally, GPZ Variant 3, otherwise known as Meltdown/Rogue Data Cache, is not applicable to AMD processors.