Intel Updates Spectre Microcode

Friday, February 9, 2018 @ 03:02 PM gHale

In the ongoing saga of Spectre, Intel provided an update on the patch situation.

“Earlier this week, we released production microcode updates for several Skylake-based platforms to our OEM customers and industry partners, and we expect to do the same for more platforms in the coming days,” said Navin Shenoy, general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel.

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“We also continue to release beta microcode updates so that customers and partners have the opportunity to conduct extensive testing before we move them into production. Ultimately, these updates will be made available in most cases through OEM firmware updates,” he said.

Intel’s microcode updates released in the aftermath of the public revelation of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws were fast, but costly. That is because they caused crashes and reboots on systems based on Broadwell, Haswell, Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffee Lake processors.

Intel then advised users to hold off on deploying current versions of the firmware updates that include those microcode patches.

Following that path, there were some OEMs pulled the updates.

Now that Intel has shipped new microcode updates, it expects OEMs to push out new firmware again and urges users to implement them as soon as possible.

“I can’t emphasize enough how critical it is for everyone to always keep their systems up-to-date. According to the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber-emergency unit, US-CERT, as many as 85 percent of all targeted attacks can be prevented with – among other things – regular system updates,” Shenoy said in a post.



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