Intel announced that it has released an update for the Spectre flaw to its OEM customers and partners for Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffee Lake platforms which represents the 6th, 7th, and 8th generation Intel product lines including Intel Core X series processor family. The update also covers Intel Xeon Scalable ad Intel Xeon D processors for data center systems.
Intel hasn’t had a good start this year. After security researchers disclosed the Meltdown and Spectre bugs, the entire industry has struggled to fix these critical vulnerabilities in all the modern processors.
Though Intel shipped an update for the Spectre bug back in January, it created even more problems such as system reboot issues. So, the company asked the users not to install the update.
After a month of tweaks and testing, Intel released the new microcode to address the issues occurred in the previous update.The microcode will be available through OEM firmware updates.
Other than Intel, Google also developed a mitigation issue called “Retpoline” to provide protection against Spectre Variant 2.
In order to avoid any hassle, the company suggests the users keep their system up-to-date. We hope this time the update won’t cause any hiccups as it did in the past.
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