Though it's hit a few snags in the process, Intel has continued to work over the past several weeks to develop and issue patches that protect against the Spectre CPU flaw revealed in January. Two weeks after recommending against installing its previous patches for Haswell and Broadwell chips because of issues with unwanted reboots, Intel has now announced that it is issuing microcode updates for Skylake-based systems to its industry partners. Further, Intel expects to issue updates for more platforms "in the coming days."
It's not clear which platforms Intel will target next. However, nearly all of Intel's processors are potentially impacted by Spectre and Meltdown, so we can likely expect several more microcode updates to go out to partners. For now, if you're using a laptop or desktop with one of Intel's Skylake chips, you should keep an eye out for updates from manufacturers as they're issued in the coming days or weeks.
In addition to Intel's fixes, other companies were quick to issue updates of their own in the wake of Meltdown and Spectre's disclosure in early January. Microsoft quickly issued an emergency patch for Windows users, along with a set of updates specific to Surface devices. AMD, despite claiming that the exploits pose a "near-zero risk" to its hardware, announced a set of optional patches as well.
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Re. AMD, they do say about these optional patches from the OS provider, but none of the MS patches distributed via Windows 10 update are optional anymore. So, these must be provided as separate downloads somewhere. I just can't find them on the MS web site. Does anyone have a link?
Processor microcode updates are delivered via BIOS updates from the board/PC manufacturer.
Yes, but the OS patches are also optional. So where are they? They are supposed to be available through the OS provider according to AMD but I can't find them on the MS web pages.
"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." So where are these beta microcode updates?!!!
Last thing I'd ever do is update to a beta cpu microcode, these things ain't cheap and could get borked with a beta bios update
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