Intel Will Not Patch Spectre And Meltdown In Some Intel Chips

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"After a comprehensive investigation of the microarchitectures and microcode capabilities for these products, Intel has determined to not release microcode updates for these products", Intel says in its latest guidance. Core 2 processors are no longer scheduled to receive updates, and, while some first generation Core products have microcode updates available already, others have had their update cancelled.

Indications are that Apple will first experiment with these chips in laptops before moving to the more challenging desktop computers. "However, as indicated in our latest microcode revision guidance, we will not be providing updated microcode for a select number of older platforms for several reasons, including limited ecosystem support and customer feedback".

The full list of architectures includes Penryn (2007), Yorkfield (2007), Wolfdale (2007), Bloomfield (2008), Clarksfield (2009), Nehalem-based Jasper Forest (2010), and Intel Atom "SoFIA" (2015). It is being speculated that the company's decision to produce and deploy its own chips might impact Intel's overall remuneration.

Intel is dropping plans to patch certain CPU families affected by the Meltdown and Spectre bugs, because it's impractical or they're not widely supported.

Over the next two years, Apple might enter the chip industry as a manufacturer of their own parts for Mac desktops and MacBook laptops, with mobile systems to follow. Over the top, the 8 Gen Intel Core i9-8950HK processor is optimized to overshoot the performance limits of portable devices. Seven families of chip architecture will now not get Spectre patches.




The performance impact of Meltdown patches makes it essential to move systems to Linux 4.14.

Malware makers are experimenting with malware that exploits the Spectre and Meltdown CPU bugs. The company has also recommended admins and/or users stop using the updates as the mitigation for Spectre v2 contained within them causes stability issues.

Great work on patching your own products, but why were smaller tech companies kept in the dark?

Intel has warned that it nearly certainly won't be able to provide a fix for the second variant of the Spectre flaw for all but the latest of its desktop, laptop and server CPUs.

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