Intel's logo is pictured during preparations at the CeBit computer fair, which will open its doors to the public on March 20, at the fairground in Hanover, Germany, March 19, 2017. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer
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Security researchers Wednesday disclosed a set of security flaws that they said could let hackers steal sensitive information from nearly every modern computing device containing chips from Intel Corp., Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and ARM Holdings.Intel and ARM insisted that the issue was not a design flaw, but it will require users to download a patch and update their operating system to fix.The first, called Meltdown, affects Intel chips and lets hackers bypass the hardware barrier between applications run by users and the computer's memory, potentially letting hackers read a computer's memory and steal passwords.Speaking on CNBC, Intel's Krzanich said Google researchers told Intel of the flaws "a while ago" and that Intel had been testing fixes that device-makers who use its chips will push out next week.It also reported that the updates to fix the problems could causes Intel chips to operate 5 percent to 30 percent more slowly.Intel denied that the patches would bog down computers based on Intel chips.AMD chips are also affected by at least one security flaw.
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