Intel now says that 90 percent of its chips that were affected by these exploits have received patches. Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, Skylake, and Kaby Lake processors are also affected.
Intel's executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group, Navin Shenoy, posted a new blog on the company's ongoing work at implementing a fix to safeguard users against being exploited by the Spectre and Meltdown flaws that were unveiled earlier in the new year.
Infosec firm Bridgeway has found that only four per cent of enterprise smartphones and tablets in the United Kingdom have been patched against Meltdown and Spectre, the chip vulnerabilities that were disclosed earlier this month. We don't know when an official patch for the problem will be launched, but Intel says it will be delivering microcode to its vendor partners for validation next week.
Going on two weeks since the reveal of Meltdown and Spectre, are you all patched up?
"While the firmware updates are effective at mitigating exposure to the security issues, customers have reported more frequent reboots on firmware-updated systems".
In other words, the Spectre and Meltdown fixes are like any other system update: They'll likely have more of a performance impact depending on how well your PC maker has adapted them to your hardware.
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Meanwhile, patches for operating systems as well as unaffected chips from AMD, Nvidia and IBM continue to roll out.
So, in short, these patch problems affect all of Intel's processors, except the original Core 1st-gen CPUs, and the very latest 8th-gen models.
Intel says it's continuing to gauge the impact that its fixes are having.
Intel also shared initial performance results for its server platforms running two-socket Intel Xeon Scalable systems (code-named Skylake).
And, while Intel's data centre tests replicating a stock exchange scenario show a performance slowdown of 4%, different scenarios can induce a considerably more significant slowdown. "For example, there are other mitigations options that could yield less impact". In addition, Intel is moving to get Retpoline, a security approach discovered by Google that helps address part of the Spectre vulnerability, and which is short for "return trampoline", into place.