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AMD and Intel CPUs are Still Vulnerable to Spectre Side-Channel Attacks

Researchers have found vulnerabilities in AMD and Intel chips suggesting new Spectre attacks that bypass existing defenses.

Google Tools Help Windows 10 19H1 Fend Off Spectre-Like Vulnerabilities

Windows 10 19H1 is shored up against Meltdown and Spectre flaws through two Google-developed processes currently in preview builds.

Performance Impact of Spectre Will Finally Mitigated in next Windows 10 Release

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.

Windows 10 Spectre 2 Patch is Disabling Overclocking on Many PCs

A Spectre 2 mitigation released last month is automatically turning off overclocking on PCs running Windows 10 April 2018 Update.

Microsoft Issues New Meltdown and Spectre Patches for Windows 10

The latest batch of Intel microcodes for Meltdown and Spectre mitigation are now available on Windows 10 versions.

Microsoft’s Spectre Patch for Windows 10 April 2018 Update is Causing PC Problems

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.

Microsoft Updates Spectre Mitigation Updates for Windows 10

Intel’s updated microcode to prevent Spectre exploits has been implemented by Microsoft across Windows 10 builds.

Ret2spec and SpectreRSB: Researchers discover two more Intel CPU vulnerabilities

Two separate research teams have discovered two new Intel CUP flaws. Ret2spec and SpectreRSB both target the Return Stack Buffer to manipulate memory.
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Intel to Adopt Quarterly Updates to Help Combat Spectre Exploits

Intel is going to adopt an update approach similar to Microsoft’s and release security patches four times each year.
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Microsoft and Intel Disclose Spectre-like CPU Flaw That May Result in Further Performance Loss

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%.
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Reports: Eight New Spectre-like CPU Flaws Have Been Discovered

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.

Microsoft Brings Spectre Variant 2 Patches to More Windows Users

Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 device running wider Intel chip familiar are now protected from Spectre Variant 2.

Surface Pro Firmware Update Increases Battery Life and Mitigates Meltdown and Spectre

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 to Address Meltdown and Spectre via Redesigned next-Generation Processors

Intel will mitigate some Meltdown and Spectre variants via redesigned silicon, mitigating the issues without the inherent performance drops caused by software updates.

Microsoft Offers $250,000 Bug Bounty for Meltdown and Spectre-like CPU Flaws

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.

AMD Ryzen and EPYC Processors Have Meltdown and Spectre Style Flaws

13 critical flaws in AMD Ryzen and EPYC processors in a location designed to stop attacks exploiting a system.

Microsoft Issues Meltdown and Spectre Patches for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

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.
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Intel Patches Older CPUs against Meltdown and Spectre

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.
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Intel Finally Patches Second Meltdown and Spectre Variant

The company also explained why it not tell the US Government about Meltdown and Spectre when key companies already knew.
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Intel Facing 32 Lawsuits from Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerability

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.


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