The Spectre of the lakes may have been appeased

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2018 - 01:20 PM |
Tagged: spectre, Skylake, kaby lake, Intel, coffee lake

Intel has pushed out a new set of microcode patches which should mitigate Spectre on Skylake, Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake.  The new patches come with a feature which customers have been clamouring for; a lack of the spontaneous reboots which plagued systems that had taken advantage of the originally released fixes.  The Inquirer did not receive any information on the performance hit of these new fixes, though they should be comparable to the effect of the originals.  Drop by for more info and links to Intel's patch roadmap.

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"The latest Spectre-mitigating updates from Intel have passed "extensive testing by customers and industry partners to ensure the updated versions are ready for production," according to Intel's Navin Shenoy. "

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Source: The Inquirer

February 21, 2018 | 01:31 PM - Posted by Anonymously Anonymous (not verified)

but can it run meltdown?

February 21, 2018 | 02:07 PM - Posted by Anony mouse (not verified)

Just like the first patches that passed the

"extensive testing by customers and industry partners to ensure the updated versions are ready for production,"

RIIIIIIIGGGHHHT

February 21, 2018 | 03:50 PM - Posted by djotter

And i'll just remain on my plebian haswell system, unsecured forever more.

February 21, 2018 | 06:07 PM - Posted by AllThatLegacyTatNeedsSomeMicrocodeLoveAlso (not verified)

What about previous Intel core i series generations. I'm reading some articles stating that Intel is working its way back into maybe IvyBridge and SandyBridge. And who is going to be breathing down the laptop OEM's neck to make them update their firmware with the Intel Micorcode Fixes.

Sandybridge was popular and IvyBridge was mostly a continuation of SandyBridge with just a die shrink to 22nm for IvyBridge. Once they get the newer stuff fixed they will need to turn their attention to the large amounts of older generation devices that are really still going strong since SandyBridge and that ring-bus design that lasted so many years. How many billions of devices does that still represent since SandyBridge was EOLed and IvyBridge is just SandyBridge on a die shrink at 22nm, so if Intel Fixes IvyBridge then that will be good mostly for fixing SandyBridge. Haswell and Broadwell are related in the same way as SandyBridge and IvyBridge are related by micro-code with only a process node shrink and some ltttle refinements.

Tick-Tock was still alive at that time, whereas now it's all tick tick tock, tick tick not so tock, and finally Meltdown with its micro-code borking, micro-code fixing of that borked micro-code "Fixing", and one big performance hit.

Maybe Intel can create a line of processors that are compatable with the SandyBridge to current Motherboards/sockets and sell those to folks once all the hardware fixes are complete for all the problems. But you know that they will not be doing that.

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