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Intel to make flawed chips safe in a week

Intel's chief executive has said software fixes to address the recently discovered Meltdown and Spectre bugs in microchips would be released in the next few days. Brian Krzanich was speaking at the beginning of his keynote speech at the CES trade show event in Las Vegas. He said 90% of processors and products from the past five years would be patched "within a week".

Intel has faced scrutiny after details of the flaws emerged last week. Meltdown and Spectre are unusual in that they are both problems with a fundamental component inside modern computers - the central processing unit (CPU). They allow attackers to potentially access sensitive data held in the chip's memory that would otherwise be off limits.

Mr Krzanich took a moment at the beginning of his address at the tech fair to refer to the design issues discovered by researchers on some Intel, ARM and AMD chips. However, he did not apologise on his firm's behalf for what he described as an industry-wide problem.

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