Intel pledges to put security first

Move comes as vendor moves to be more transparent after Meltdown and Spectre issue

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Intel pledges to put security first Krzanich says Intel is committed to funding for academic and independent research into potential security threats. (Getty Images)
By  Manda Banda Published  February 7, 2018

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has published an open letter pledging an increased commitment to security, transparency and collaboration.

Krzanich highlighted Google's involvement in discovering Meltdown/Spectre and also committed Intel to increased industry collaboration, at least on security matters.

"To accelerate the security of the entire industry, we commit to publicly identify significant security vulnerabilities following rules of responsible disclosure and, further, we commit to working with the industry to share hardware innovations that will accelerate industry-level progress in dealing with side-channel attacks," he wrote. "We also commit to adding incremental funding for academic and independent research into potential security threats."

Intel is also committing to greater transparency on the performance impact of the Meltdown/Spectre patches.

The chip maker recently chose to publish its own benchmarks and said that more would be coming. Intel added that all affected CPUs will have fixes by the end of January.

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