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.
For other contact methods, please visit Catalin's author page. Quote " These firmware updates should be delivered through windows update.
Very few people research their motherboards model number and if there is an update awailable for it on the manufacturers site. Most users wont have a clue that there is a problem let alone know how download and update firmware.
Catalin previously covered Web & Security news for Softpedia between May 2015 and October 2016.
The easiest way to reach Catalin is via his XMPP/Jabber address at [email protected] Patches will not help, because very few people will install them. Give them ready, but do not offer to put install yourself.
The penalty on context switching will have the biggest impact in those scenarios.
Bleeping Computer has compiled a list of links where various vendors are hosting updates or official statements regarding the Meltdown and Spectre patching process.
The big names, such as Microsoft, Apple, Linux, Google, Amazon, and Mozilla, have already deployed mitigations.
"Other outlets have stated that only Ivy Bridge and newer will receive updates.
But given how many Sandy Bridge processors are still being used, Intel will not make friends with its update policy." Sandy Bridge ... Core2 Extreme & Quad run Win10 quite well if given adequate (6-8GB) RAM and GPU. Then there's the vast pile of older stuff out there running Win7.