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AMD Provides Spectre V2 Mitigation Update

Category: General News
Posted: 02:11PM

After multiple months from the public disclosure, news about the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities continues to come out, but at least much of this has been good news concerning the release of mitigations. Intel's efforts have been discussed before and now AMD has released an update on its work to block the Spectre Variant 2 vulnerability. Spectre Variant 1 can and has been dealt with through operating system updates while the Meltdown vulnerability only impacted Intel CPUs. There are mitigations for Variant 2 that can be deployed to operating systems, and Microsoft actually just pushed out patches to do this, but these also need microcode updates to support them. AMD has now released these updates to its customers and partners to deliver them to users of processors going as far back as the original Bulldozer processors released in 2011. You will want to watch manufacturer websites for BIOS updates that contain the microcode changes.

Source: AMD

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