Spectre and Meltdown have dominated computer and related news for better part of this year so far as companies continue to bring updates to address the vulnerabilities. While Intel released patch for the flaws earlier last month, initial versions were causing problems as some users complained that their computers were unresponsive following the update. As a result, Intel asked users not to install the update as it continued to work on fixing the issues. And now, the company has released stable patches which address Spectre vulnerabilities.
However, you might not need to install the patch as it addresses selected users who own certain Skylake-based Core or Core m processors. In a blog post, Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel, wrote, “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. 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.”
This latest patch comes as Intel recently revealed that upcoming processors will not contain the vulnerabilities. Apart from Intel, other chip manufacturers including AMD, Qualcomm admitted that some of their processors also have the vulnerabilities.
Like previous updates, you won’t need to install the patch manually as they will be made available through OEM firmware update. Shenoy wrote, “Ultimately, these updates will be made available in most cases through OEM firmware updates. I can’t emphasize enough how critical it is for everyone to always keep their systems up-to-date. Research tells us there is frequently a substantial lag between when people receive updates and when they actually implement them. In today’s environment, that must change.”