Linux coordinator and former Transmeta employee Linus Torvalds, thought otherwise and considers these
bugs “totally insignificant.”
Processor errata is nothing new, Torvalds said. Commodity CPUs such as chips based on the Intel Core 2 architecture have a considerably lower bug rate than proprietary boutique CPUs.
“Yeah, x86 errata get more attention," said Torvalds. "But those
things are pretty damn well tested. Better than most.”
The errata document specifically mentions the Core 2 Duo E4000, E6000, and X6800 series processors.
None of the errata are nearly as insidious or widespread as more infamous
problems, like the original Pentium floating-point bug, although some can lead to buffer overflow exploits, claims de Raalt. All of the
current errata have patches in the works or can be — and have been — worked
around by developers.
In a statement from Intel Global Communications, Nick