The founder and head of the Linux Foundation Linus Torvalds is known for his sharp style of critique. A few years ago he chastised the developers of NVIDIA for their unwillingness to release software under Linux, and now expressed his displeasure with patches from Intel, which the company released as part of the struggle with the vulnerability of Meltdown and the Spectre, that makes the processor vulnerable to hackers.
Major security holes allow hackers to gain access to hundreds of thousands of processors, to capture data that is in main memory of the computers and use the software to steal data. Under the threat turned out to be the operating systems of the Windows family, macOS and Linux. To withdraw the processors is not possible, so the Intel specialists urgently released “patches” for the software covering dangerous vulnerabilities, access to personal data, but it turned out that patches significantly reduce the performance of computers. In some cases as much as 30 percent. It’s not like Torvalds who in an interview with the British engineer Amazon has called the work of security professionals Intel is absolute garbage.
The installation of “patches” from Intel must be done manually, although the whole process, according to Torvalds, it would be possible to automate. In addition, he noted that the patch set from the Meltdown, along with other, less important updates. After you install critical security updates, many users began to pay attention to arbitrarily restart their computers and then Intel called mark nothing and wait for new fixes.
Intel said that trying to solve problems together with partners, involving all, including the Linux Foundation, in consultation with specialists on all important issues. But, apparently, the release of the full patch will have to wait a while.