Intel Promises Firmware Updates for Most Modern CPUs by the End of Next Week

Discussion in 'Tech news' started by silversurfer, Jan 5, 2018.

  1. silversurfer

    silversurfer Malware Tester Silver Member

    Intel pinky-promised today that it will provide firmware updates by the end of next week for 90% of all CPU models it released in the past five years.

    The company said that the firmware updates will "render those systems immune from both exploits (referred to as “Spectre” and “Meltdown”)."

    Intel said it already started shipping some of these CPU firmware updates to some of its partners. OEMs and other hardware vendors will then have to include these firmware updates in updates for their own products.

    In addition, the company reaffirmed that the impact of the Meltdown and Spectre firmware updates will not cause a huge performance dip, as some benchmarks carried out by some tech blogs have suggested. Intel promised to test and refine the patches over time to mitigate any initial performance impact.

    At the time of writing, only Intel processors have been officially confirmed to be affected by the Meltdown flaw, while the Spectre flaw also affects AMD and ARM CPUs, besides Intel.

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