Intel Wi-Fi software springs memory leak

— 2:09 PM on August 25, 2006

Intel has owned up to a memory leak problem with the latest software for some of its Wi-Fi controllers. Affected Intel Wi-Fi cards are the PRO/Wireless 2200BG, PRO/Wireless 2915ABG, and PRO/Wireless 3945ABG. The problem affects the current 10.5 version of Intel's PROSet software for these cards, which reportedly fails to release file handles correctly and causes the process to keep sucking up memory. A screenshot on the F-Secure security blog shows the application eating nearly 190,000 file handles and 673MB of virtual memory. Intel told CNet that it will release an update for the software that plugs the leak later today. The update will be available at this location.

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