Intel has announced that the fix has been released for its latest Spectrum-affected chips, the memory leak fault affecting virtually all hardware. The patch is for the Skylake generation (late 2015) and newer, although most users will still have to wait for the code to be implemented by the one who made their computer (especially their motherboard).
The various problems presented in January by security researchers must be solved by a set of patches at the application, operating system, kernel and microarchitecture levels. This hotfix is the last, and it replaces an earlier fix that was unstable.
These are not superficial tweaks and they are under pressure, so we can expect a few snags – but Intel is also a huge company that has had months of warning to properly do the things, so people can be frustrated the less than optimal way whose flaws have been dealt with.
As before, there is not much the user can do, except that you frequently check that your PC and your applications are up to date – in addition, of course, not to use strange code.
If you’re using an older chipset, like Sandy Bridge, you’ll have to wait a little longer – your solution is still in beta. You do not want to be their test machine.
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