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Claims to be unaffected by Meltdown and Spectre

11 January 2018

"Our GPUs are immune, they're not affected by these security issues", Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said in comments noted by TechCrunch. CPUs are used on personal computers, smartphones, servers and other devices.

The confirmation that GPUs are not subject to the Spectre flaw, and that the GFE security bulletin was simply a release which follows researchers recommendations that individual software packages be recompiled with protections against exploitation through the CPU's vulnerability, has reassured investors: Nvidia's share price has recovered from its dip, closing 0.78 percent up for the day.

SUSE announced the release of patches for recent SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) versions to address Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities.

The issue appears to be caused by the Linux kernel version 4.4.0-108 shipped as part of the Ubuntu update process.

"We previously said that we expected our performance impact should not be significant for average computer users, and the data we are sharing today support that expectation on these platforms", he writes in the company blog.

The company's executive vice-president and GM of the data centre group, Navin Shenoy, yesterday shared data on several 6th, 7th and 8th Generation Intel Core processor platforms using Windows 10.

While the full extent of devices affected by the flaws is not yet fully known, Cisco Systems has said it has identified 18 vulnerable products and is looking for problems in almost 30 other products, including switches and routers. Advanced Micro also makes graphics chips.

Intel and AMD have not disclosed the number of chips affected by the security flaws and AMD has said its products were at "zero risk" from Meltdown.

Nvidia's latest batch of security fixes are targeted specifically at the software drivers that for graphics cards that run under third parties' operating systems, particularly Microsoft Windows. There have also been predictions, anecdotes and benchmarks that suggest Meltdown patches are causing performance issues, despite Intel insistence that the impact is small. Intel shares fell 2.5 per cent, while AMD, which investors speculate will benefit from its rivals' problems, gained 1.2 per cent.

Claims to be unaffected by Meltdown and Spectre