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The latest batch of Intel microcodes for Meltdown and Spectre mitigation are now available on Windows 10 versions.
Issued in January, Microsoft’s Meltdown patch has seemingly failed and users are not mitigated. However, the Windows 10 April 2018 Update does come with a fix.
The Surface Pro and Surface Pro LTE have received a minor firmware update that should spur improvements in many areas. However, the security mitigations for Meltdown and Spectre may result in a performance decrease.
Intel will mitigate some Meltdown and Spectre variants via redesigned silicon, mitigating the issues without the inherent performance drops caused by software updates.
Microsoft will offer security researchers up to $250,000 for bugs in the same class as Meltdown and Spectre, and up to $200,000 for similar vulnerabilities in its Hyper-V virtualization software.
13 critical flaws in AMD Ryzen and EPYC processors in a location designed to stop attacks exploiting a system.
However, the caveat is the Meltdown and Spectre fixes are only for 32-bit versions of the older platforms as Microsoft is employing a step-by-step approach.
More than two months after Meltdown and Spectre was disclosed and 10 months after first being observed, Intel has finally patched most of the affected CPUs.
The company also explained why it not tell the US Government about Meltdown and Spectre when key companies already knew.
Intel is finally facing the music for keeping Meltdown and Spectre a secret with 30 customer class action suits and two security class action lawsuits.
IT professionals can use Windows Analytics to test if their devices have been properly patched to combat the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerability.
Hackers have already started to successfully take advantage of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerability, with over 100 samples found so far.
Major Intel customers like Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, and Lenovo knew about Meltdown and Spectre before the U.S. Government, prompting concerns the information fell into the wrong hands.
Intel’s patch for the Meltdown and Spectre flaw are causing problems so Microsoft has acted with emergency patches for Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7.
Intel will be releasing updated versions of its processors later this year and will be working on more software patches for Meltdown and Spectre in the meantime. However, the company still has Congress to answer to.
Meltdown and Spectre was embargoed for over half a year by leading tech giants. In a letter to leading companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft, the US Congress wants to know why.
The faulty Meltdown and Spectre patch has caused rebooting problems, but was believed to be limited to legacy Intel chips. However, the company admits Skylake and Kaby Lake chips are also affected.
AMD has detailed its plans for the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws, including a patch for Spectre Variant 1 and an OS update for Variant 2. AMD processors seem immune to Meltdown.
The company says three variants of the Meltdown and Spectre security flaw have varying impacts on its services, but performance drain is minimal.
Microsoft is refusing to push security updates to all PCs with anti-virus software until the vendors implement a registry key. The move comes after users experienced blue screens while trying to fix Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.