Fixes for Spectre exploits in Intel's latest CPUs are coming

Fixes for Spectre exploits in Intel's latest CPUs are coming

Intel has developed a stable firmware update to address the Spectre flaw for its Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffee Lake processors.

Later, the world's second largest chip maker had to advise users to refrain from applying the updates. As for the Coffee Lake family -it is the H- and S-series that has been patched.

Yep, old Chipzilla has turned up at the scene of the metaphorical IT industry quake with a dustpan and brush*: the firmware updates are for the sixth generation (Skylake), the seventh generation (Kaby Lake) and the eight generation (Coffee Lake), the X-series line and the Xeon scalable and Xeon D processors.

Older processors using the Broadwell and Haswell cores still do not have a fixed microcode update available. Intel has made good progress on quelling the issues, but is it too late for the company to earn your trust back? Two of the lawsuits are also class action but they relate to the stock of the company and are representing those who acquired Intel shares in the period preceding the vulnerability becoming publicly known but after the chipmaker had been notified of the problem. However, not all patches worked as expected, causing other machines to reboot automatically, The Verge reported.

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Microsoft even issued an update that removed the problematic patch. Drop by for more info and links to Intel's patch roadmap. It is now up to the individual manufacturers to pass on the codes to its customers, with there being reports of the end-users in some regions having already started to receive the patches as well. In my particular experience, my Haswell desktop (Gigabyte motherboard) never got a BIOS update last time around but my Haswell laptop (Dell) received a Spectre mitigating BIOS microcode update pretty swiftly.

As before, there isn't much you as a user can do except make sure that you are checking frequently to make sure your PC and applications are up to date - in addition, of course, to not running any odd code.

"I continue to encourage people to always keep their systems up-to-date".

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