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.
The publication, claiming sources, reported that Intel informed some of their customers about the vulnerabilities before the U.S. government including Microsoft, Amazon, and Chinese companies Alibaba and Lenovo. "In our testing this new update has been found to prevent the behavior described", Microsoft said.
Now Microsoft is following suit and has issued an unscheduled update (KB4078130) that disables the OS-level patch that was supposed to work with Intel's microcode update to mitigate Spectre v2.
Intel warned Chinese firms about its infamous Meltdown and Spectre processor vulnerabilities before informing the U.S. government, it has emerged.
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Intel's fix is causing reboots and stability issues, but those seem to be the least of the implementation problems.
They have been drawing criticism recently for their decision to tell Chinese companies including Alibaba and Lenovo before alerting the USA government.
"As of January 25, there are no known reports to indicate that this Spectre variant 2 (CVE 2017-5715 ) has been used to attack customers", the support page added.
But addressing the security flaw has not exactly been a smooth process.
Other companies such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft were also notified beforehand which is why they were so prompt to release statements as soon as the matter was leaked by The Register.
Intel CEO later allayed fears of any data breach.
It is a "near certainty" that Beijing was aware of information exchanged between Intel and its Chinese tech partners because local authorities routinely monitor all such communications, said Jake Williams, president of security firm Rendition Infosec and a former National Security Agency staffer.