Intel releases new security patches

Intel releases new security patches

Now Intel just needs to crack the apparently more problematic nuts of older Haswell and Broadwell processors (4th- and 5th-gen), as well as models previous to that. According to Intel's microcode update document, beta firmware exists for these lines, but there's no word yet on when they will arrive.

"The software updates or "patches" pushed by AMD onto CPU owners does not appear to provide protection from all the variants of Spectre".

The production microcode updates, which have been released to Intel's OEM customers and partners, are for devices running the eighth generation (Coffee Lake), seventh generation (Kaby Lake) and sixth generation (Skylyake) of Intel Core processors.

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.

Microsoft even issued an update that removed the problematic patch.

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Inte started re-issuing Meltdown and Spectre patches - initially for its Skylake-based Core and Core M processors - earlier this month, after initial attempts to patch the flaws resulted in performance slowdowns and computer reboots.

After working to fix those issues, Intel started releasing new patches nearly two weeks ago, when new code for Skylake-based PCs was released. The said update is now in beta stages and will eventually be released post verification and testing process. All of these are in the beta stage of development, the roadmap says, with no public timetable for completion.

Intel said the latest patches will apply to the more recent devices while the same for older chips are now in beta stages and should be ready for launch soon enough. Arrandale and Clarkdale debuted in 2010.

In its statement written on their FORM 10-K of the U.S.' Securities and Exchange Commission, Intel said 30 customer and two securities class action lawsuits were filed as of February 15, 2018, before U.S. courts as well as in other countries. Though there haven't been any widespread attacks targeting the vulnerabilities, there could be.

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