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

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For most of the year Intel has been frantically trying to mitigate the damage Meltdown and Spectre exploits could cause to its CPUs.

Earlier this year Intel issued a microcode update that was intended to close the holes caused by these flaws. That patch caused systems to become unstable and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Lenovo delayed the rolling out of the patches.

Microsoft even issued an update that removed the problematic patch.

That seems to be behind us now according executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel Corporation Navin Shenoy who says that a new microcode update is on the way.

“We have now released production microcode updates to our OEM customers and partners for Kaby Lake- and Coffee Lake-based platforms, plus additional Skylake-based platforms,” said Shenoy in an update.

This microcode update is also for Intel Xeon Scalable and Intel Xeon D processors which are used in data center systems.

This update should both help protect against Spectre variant 2 and remove the annoying flaw that prevented some systems from booting once that patch was installed.

Users will get these updates in the form of firmware updates from OEMs.

Fixes for the Broadwell, Haswell and Ivy Bridge processor families are currently still in beta.

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.