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Windows 10 19H1 is shored up against Meltdown and Spectre flaws through two Google-developed processes currently in preview builds.
Windows 10 user's CPU performance will finally be back to normal next year when Microsoft implements Google's Retpoline fix. It will come a year after similar implementations in Red Hat and SUSE.
A Spectre 2 mitigation released last month is automatically turning off overclocking on PCs running Windows 10 April 2018 Update.
The latest batch of Intel microcodes for Meltdown and Spectre mitigation are now available on Windows 10 versions.
KB4100347 is a security patch to prevent Spectre exploits in Windows 10, but the update is being sent to machines that it is not compatible with.
Intel’s updated microcode to prevent Spectre exploits has been implemented by Microsoft across Windows 10 builds.
Two separate research teams have discovered two new Intel CUP flaws. Ret2spec and SpectreRSB both target the Return Stack Buffer to manipulate memory.
Intel is going to adopt an update approach similar to Microsoft’s and release security patches four times each year.
A Spectre-like variant known as Speculative Store Bypass is largely mitigated by browser updates, but could still present a risk to users. Consumers can choose to enable a firmware update but will take a performance hit of 2-8%.
The Spectre-like flaws are allegedly considered 'high-severity' and can be exploited more easily than previous variants. Intel issued a vague statement about the threat.
Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 device running wider Intel chip familiar are now protected from Spectre Variant 2.
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.