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

Intel 10nm notebook part with Gen 11 graphics spotted

The company has affirmed that the updates will be issued through OEM firmware pushes.

Users with Broadwell and Haswell processors in their machines have still not received a patch to protect them from Spectre and the chipmaker has claimed that microcode updates are now in the beta stage for Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, Broadwell and Haswell processors. The 8th Gen Intel Core processors are designed for what's next and deliver up to 40% gen over gen performance boost.

A total of 32 different lawsuits related to the security exploits known as Spectre and Meltdown have been filed against chip maker Intel. This means an attacker could in theory obtain passwords, encryption keys or steal information from other applications.

Thankfully, last Tuesday, Feb. 20, Intel has shipped an updated patch for the Spectre and Meltdown exploits.

The plaintiffs go on to argue that a permanent fix will be hard to roll out and will likely cause a drop in performance.

Intel is attempting to patch Spectre again today with the rollout of patches for Kaby Lake-, Coffee Lake-, and Skylake-based platforms.

Intel paused the deployment of Spectre v2 CPU microcode updates on January 22 after receiving reports that the initial patches caused high system reboot rates on some systems, causing problems especially with Intel-based servers deployed in data centers. Developed by Google, it is one of the multiple mitigation techniques Intel has delivered as a part of the security patch that went through "extensive testing by customers and industry partners to ensure the updated versions are ready for production".

In general, PC users will have to wait for their system or motherboard vendor to provide an updated firmware that contains the microcode.

According to TechCrunch, the updates will cover the company's sixth, seventh, and eighth-generation Intel Core product lines, as well as the X-series processor family.

Intel said that in most cases, the new microcode would be made available through OEM firmware updates. "I continue to encourage people to always keep their systems up-to-date".

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