Intel Ships Spectre Fixes For Skylake, Kaby Lake, And Coffee Lake CPUs to OEMs

Posted by at 3:02 pm on February 21, 2018

Intel has another update on its Spectre microcode patch for us. Here’s hoping for no more bugs! Intel has now completed the fixed version of its patch for 6th-gen (Skylake, 100 series chipsets), 7th-gen (Kaby Lake, 200 series chipsets), and 8th-gen (Coffee Lake, 300 series chipsets) CPUs. This includes Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X (X299 chipset) CPUs, to boot. Intel has updated its microcode update schedule accordingly. A previous version of this document leaked some details on two of the company’s next-generation Cannon Lake CPUs, which apparently also need microcode fixes for Spectre.

Intel’s Spectre microcode is released to system and motherboard OEMs, who incorporate them into BIOS updates for their products – which then consumers get to download.So we should soon see OEMs releasing updates for systmes based on the parts above.

These fixes address an issue that began early this year with the reveal of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. Intel’s initial fix for the issuecause system instability on a wide number of CPUs. Intel has beenworkign on a new version of the fix since.

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