It's a good day to be running an AMD APU, unless you like updating iGPU drivers

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2019 - 12:08 PM |
Tagged: Intel, security, patch, igp

Today there are patches for no less than 19 vulnerabilities on Intel graphics drivers for Windows of various flavours.  Sysadmins out there should also pay attention, as there are  vulnerabilities specific to server chips as well, with patches for a variety of features up to and including the Trusted Execution Engine; if you are using a desktop chip with these features you should also pay attention.  The only silver lining to this is that the vulnerabilities require an already compromised machine to be exploited ... or physical access of course.

You can read through the synopsis of these CVEs over at The Register if you want to ruin your Thursday.

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"Chipzilla's March patch dump is highlighted by fixes for 19 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in its graphics drivers for Windows. If you use Windows and have those drivers (and if you're running an Intel CPU with integrated GPU, you almost certainly do) you will want to patch sooner than later."

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March 14, 2019 | 07:39 PM - Posted by LaptopOEMsAreNotReallySweatingAsMuchAsTheirEndUsersAre (not verified)

"It's a good day to be running an AMD APU, unless you like updating iGPU drivers"

That's easy for Desktop users where the Intel Generic Graphics drvers are used! But for Laptops those Mobile Intel CPU/Integrated Graphics SKUs in laptops will mostly have to wait for the Laptop's OEM to issue the undated drivers. Most Laptops are not using Intel's Genaric Graphics Drivers and the laptop OEMs will not really care to issue Graphics Driver updates unless they are forced to issue them.

If your laptop is older I guess that maybe Intel will have to get with the Laptop OEM's and get some fixes done, along side all the Scectre/Meltdown, and now Spoiler, CPU microcode, or OS/software, fixes. But really good luck with that!

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