Less than a month after Intel's massive processor vulnerabilities, namely Spectre and Meltdown, were revealed ahead of the planned disclosure timeline, The Wall Street Journal reports that Intel warned select customers of the flaws, but left out the U.S. Government.
Intel's chip flaws were identified last June, but were not slated to be released publicly until January 9, according to the report. The problem for some people, including Linus Torvalds, was that Intel's initial response was lackluster.
The company has earlier advised OEMs and users to hold off on the new patch that Intel issues themselves after systems went down after rebooting.
The Microsoft patch is available for Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7, so if you installed the previous Intel fix and encountered errors, this Windows patch should fix that.
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The issues Intel's patch caused were revealed last week when Intel admitted that its was causing some machines to reboot unexpectedly.
In the wake of the Spectre and Meltdown attacks that use the speculative execution behavior of modern processors to leak sensitive information, Intel released a microcode update that offers operating systems additional controls over the processor's ability to predict branches.
Detailed at this link, Microsoft's patch KB4078130 will disable Intel's mitigation against Spectre variant 2. There are a pair of Knowledge Base articles that walk users through this manual process here and here. In the meantime, I imagine Intel will be pushing out an updated version of its patch later this week. Today, a latest report from The Wall Street Journal suggested that the company has not immediately informed the USA government about the issues.
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Microsoft has yet again released another security patch against "Spectre Variant 2" bug found on Intel chips.
Intel is being criticized for contacting Chinese companies before the USA government with regard to the Spectre/Meltdown flaws as this raises concerns of Chinese hacking attempts.
Microsoft has found itself in the middle of a security disaster and is being forced to work-over Intel's sloppiness.
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