An Intel spokesman wouldn't detail who the company had informed, but said that the company couldn't notify everyone (including United States officials) in time because Meltdown and Spectre had been revealed early.
As has been revealed in a new report, Intel had first got in touch with Lenovo and Alibaba of the flaw in its chips and the potential security risk it poses. Intel is testing the new update on all processor to ensure that no performance and reboot issues occur in the patched systems.More news: Z Calls Donald Trump a 'Superbug,' Trump Responds
Spectre and Meltdown are vulnerabilities in modern chip design that could allow attackers to bypass system protections on almost every recent PC, server and smartphone-allowing hackers to read sensitive information, such as passwords, from memory.
Intel's solution for the attack has caused both Dell and HP to pull the new BIOS updates that contain Intel's new code, and they plan to reissue them only once the buggy fix has been addressed.More news: Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham Hotspur have transfer window options
The update was written for all supported versions of Windows, including Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, as well as the corresponding Server editions. The news about the chip flaws was unleashed on January 3, the time Intel was preparing to announce to the public about the chip flaw discovery.
For now, the KB4078130 security update is only available to download from the Microsoft Update Catalog website.
"While we've made progress, I am acutely aware that we have more to do", Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said on the call to discuss its fourth quarter results.
Disabling or not installing a fix for Spectre variant 2 should be considered a temporary strategy, Microsoft says. Intel, meanwhile, told customers last week to refrain from installing current firmware updates created to counter the threats until further instructions.More news: Australia Face NZ or Canada in Sydney 7s