The OpenTitan project, backed by Google, is nearing the release of its first secure root-of-trust chips.
The latest Intel vPro processor will include built-in protections to detect and block ransomware attacks, Intel said.
Linux creator Linus Torvalds prefers AMD processors because of the chip company's unofficial support for ECC memory, something Intel has chosen not to offer for its non-server processors.
Microsoft has removed the Windows security update addressing issues with third-party boot managers after users complained the updates caused their systems to stop working.
Attackers can exploit vulnerabilities in how laptops use memory to force the machine to execute unauthorized code while it is booting up, giving them unauthorized privileges and access to information, researchers said.