Video: Intel addresses Meltdown and Spectre security flaws at CES 2018
Intel on Wednesday announced it's changing its bug bounty program from an invitation-only program to public. The chipmaker also introduced a new program focused on side channel vulnerabilities, in the wake of Meltdown and Spectre attacks.
Security researchers who find side channel vulnerabilities can earn an award up to $250,000, Intel said. The program runs through Dec. 31, 2018.
For other vulnerabilities, Intel has increased bounty rewards up to $100,000.
Intel has been under fire of late due to the reaction to its security issues.
- Meltdown-Spectre: Why were flaws kept secret from industry, demand lawmakers
- Linux and Intel slowly hack their way to a Spectre patch
- Dell and HP pull Intel's buggy patch
- Intel: Stop firmware patching until further notice
- Linus Torvalds criticizes Intel's 'garbage' patches
- Apple backports Meltdown fix to older macOS versions
- New updates bring fix for unbootable AMD PCs
- Four things every Windows admin needs to do now
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said in a recent earnings presentation the company will "restore confidence in data security with customer-first urgency, transparent and timely communication."
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Microsoft's February patches include its mitigations for Meltdown-Spectre CPU attacks in its Security Only update.
And offers patching tips from US CERT, which it failed to brief on the bugs.