Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google admit impact from Intel issues

Intel at NRF 2015Intel announced that its partners including Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Google are seeing little to no performance impact from the Spectre and Meltdown security issues.

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The statement from Intel partners did not say that the bug is not negatively impacting the performance of devices and networks. In fact, all these technology partners admit that there are issues on performances.

Apple: “Our testing with public benchmarks has shown that the changes in the December 2017 updates resulted in no measurable reduction in the performance of macOS and iOS as measured by the GeekBench 4 benchmark, or in common Web browsing benchmarks such as Speedometer, JetStream, and ARES-6.”

Microsoft: “The majority of Azure customers should not see a noticeable performance impact with this update. We’ve worked to optimize the CPU and disk I/O path and are not seeing noticeable performance impact after the fix has been applied.”

Amazon: “We have not observed meaningful performance impact for the overwhelming majority of EC2 workloads.”

Google: “On most of our workloads, including our cloud infrastructure, we see negligible impact on performance.”

Intel believes that the performance impact of these updates is highly workload-dependent and, for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time.

Intel said it developed and issued updates for all types of Intel-based computer systems — including personal computers and servers — that render those systems immune from both exploits reported by Google Project Zero.

Intel and its partners have made significant progress in deploying updates as both software patches and firmware updates.

Intel has already issued updates for the majority of processor products introduced within the past five years. By the end of next week, Intel expects to have issued updates for more than 90 percent of processor products introduced within the past five years.

Intel said many operating system vendors, public cloud service providers, device manufacturers and others have indicated that they have already updated their products and services.