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Intel claims that AMD processors had almost twice as many security vulnerabilities as Intel CPUs in 2021

Intel claims to be better than its main competitor AMD when it comes to CPU-related vulnerabilities (Image: SeekingAlpha)
Intel claims to be better than its main competitor AMD when it comes to CPU-related vulnerabilities (Image: SeekingAlpha)
In its official 2021 product security report, Intel claims that its main competitor AMD has reported a significantly higher number of CPU vulnerabilities in 2021. The statistics on GPU-related security issues, however, are telling an entirely different story.

Due to the incredible complexity of modern computing hardware and software, bugs, exploits and vulnerabilities are unfortunately a regular annoyance that most companies continuously have to deal with in order to release timely patches and security fixes. When it comes to main components like the CPUs and GPUs, these bugs are particularly critical since they can be the basis for dangerous exploits like the notorious Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities from a few years ago. 

However, one specific manufacturer has now claimed that its very own processors have faced fewer of these threats over the course of the past year. According to Intel's newly released official product security report, its very own CPUs like the Core i7-12700K have only faced a total of sixteen vulnerabilities in 2021. Ten of these weaknesses have been found internally, while six additional bugs have been report via Intel's bug bounty program. On the other hand, the company's closest competitor has apparently reported that 31 overall vulnerabilities have been found in Ryzen and other AMD processors, more than twice as many as Intel.

Interestingly, the corresponding statistics on GPU-related security issues look very different. Intel has apparently reported 51 graphics vulnerabilities over the past year, while AMD only had to deal with 27. In total, this would mean that both hardware manufacturers were fairly close to each other in terms of officially reported vulnerabilities in 2021. As always, these statistics should be looked at with a healthy amount of skepticism, since Intel is obviously anything but unbiased in this matter.

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Enrico Frahn, 2022-02- 3 (Update: 2022-02- 3)