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AMD chipset flaws: patches “will not affect performance”, firm says

AMD plans to release firmware patches and a BIOS update over the “coming weeks” in a bid to fix the 13 chipset vulnerabilities exposed by researchers earlier this month.

The US chipmaker has categorised the security flaws unveiled by CTS Labs into three groups and outlined how its updates will protect its processors.

In a blogpost, the firm’s CTO Mark Papermaster confirmed reports that the flaws could only be exploited by a hacker with administrate access, noting:

“Any attacker gaining administrative access would have a wide range of attacks at their disposal well beyond the exploits identified in this research.”

Papermaster added that none of the updates would have an impact on the performance of the processors in question.

CTS Labs came under fire earlier this month when it issued an advisory note about the flaws without first giving AMD an opportunity to fix them.

AMD said in a statement: “At AMD, security and the protection of users’ data is of the utmost importance. We believe that each of the issues cited can be mitigated through firmware patches and a standard BIOS update, which we plan to release in the coming weeks. These patches and updates are not expected to impact performance.”