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Intel Spectre And Meltdown Patches

A while ago, Intel issued a patch to address Spectre, but then the company was compelled to stop deploying the fix because it sometimes caused computers to automatically reboot.

"We have now released production microcode updates to our OEM customers and partners", said Navin Shenoy, veep and GM for mobile client platforms at Intel.

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. It now only caters to sixth through eighth generation Intel processors, as well as Intel Xeon Scalable and Xeon D processors for data centres.

It comes after Intel, which had already known about the Spectre and Meltdown issues almost a year ago and kept it secret for months, along with a number of other companies, rushed out botched updates to fix the flaws. And Microsoft even took the unusual step of issuing out an out-of-band update that specifically disabled Intel's Spectre variant 2 patch. Intel now has a fresh batch of microcode patches that hope to smooth things over for all variants of Skylake, Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake processors. 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.

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Microsode updates for older processors using the Broadwell and Haswell cores are still in "beta".

"We are mindful of the fact that, in some cases, there are multiple mitigation techniques available that may provide protection against these exploits".

Intel's latest microcode update will give operating systems more control over the branch predictor which will allow them to stop one process from being able to influence the predictions made in another process.

However, while installing the latest patch is always recommended, users should also be wary of mischief makers who could be masquerading as the company representative and offer a dubious piece of codes that end up hacking their systems instead of securing those.

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