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Intel CEO: all CPUs made over last five years will receive Spectre/Meltdown patches this...

By midian182 · 19 replies
Jan 9, 2018
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  1. The Spectre and Meltdown CPU flaws have shaken the industry, but companies are rushing to release patches that address the problems. At Intel’s CES keynote, CEO Brain Krzanich reiterated that the firm would patch 90 percent of all processors affected by the exploits released over the last five years by the end of the week. The remaining 10 percent will be patched by the end of January.

    One of the biggest concerns surrounding the patches is the effect they will have on system performance. “We believe the performance impact of these updates is highly workload dependent,” said Krzanich, adding that “some workloads may experience a larger impact that others, so we’ll continue working with the industry to minimize the impact on those workloads over time.”

    While Spectre and Meltdown are a concern, Krzanich said there are still no known cases of them being exploited. “As of now, we have not received any information that these exploits have been used to obtain customer data. We’re working tirelessly on these issues to ensure it stays that way.”

    The CEO was careful not to apologize for the design issues. He said collaboration between tech companies to address this “industry-wide problem” was “remarkable.”

    While those with CPUs made over the last five years don’t have long to wait for the patches, there’s no word on when older processors will be patched.

    Last week, it was revealed that Krzanich sold $39 million worth of Intel stocks and options back in November when he knew about the vulnerabilities. Intel claims the sale was part of a planned divestiture program (PDP) and had nothing to do with the flaws.

    Make sure to check out our Patched Desktop PC: Meltdown and Spectre Benchmarked feature to see how the OS-level patch and a firmware update affects a system’s performance.

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  2. Guillermo Belli

    Guillermo Belli TS Member Posts: 25   +19

    Processors mage on the last 5 years is a bit vague. Will that be Ivy Bridge and newer or just Haswell onwards?
    poohbear likes this.
  3. TheBigT42

    TheBigT42 TS Maniac Posts: 281   +168

    My aluminum foil hat thinking is....The NSA made intel put the flaw in.
    SantistaUSA likes this.
  4. senketsu

    senketsu TS Guru Posts: 821   +553

    "While Spectre and Meltdown are a concern, Krzanich said there are still no known cases of them being exploited" - well isn't the best exploit the one where no one knows you have been in and back out? It's digital stuff after all. It's not like secret or confidential information disappears and then it's noticed someone who shouldn't has been in.
    Capaill likes this.
  5. poohbear

    poohbear TS Maniac Posts: 215   +122

    Wanted to ask the exact same question! Last 5 years would mean Jan 2013, Haswell was released June 2013, so I'm assuming yes.
  6. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 447   +297

    Only 5 years? Only ONE out of several of my own plus many other systems I've built will all still be vulnerable? This is like that crap microsoft was only going to allow "new" processors to run win10 if I recall correctly. Chance to buy any more intel CPUs going... down.
  7. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,591   +570

    Much ado about not much
    ZackL04 likes this.
  8. antiproduct

    antiproduct TS Booster Posts: 75   +55

    So they finally found a way to get all the Sandy Bridge owners to upgrade I guess...
    Charles Olson and wiyosaya like this.
  9. robb213

    robb213 TS Maniac Posts: 339   +105

    From what I've read on other sites, it's Haswell and up. I'm SOL since I have a 3770K.

    Waiting to see if any action happens concerning the older generations. I feel that from the 1st generation and up should be patched. Then again, I have the mindset that if you mess something up, you don't halfass the fix.
    Charles Olson and ShagnWagn like this.
  10. bandit8623

    bandit8623 TS Booster Posts: 132   +48

    So past cpus got firmware fixes. is this a software or firmware fix from intel.

    if it is a firmware fix then we will have os fixes on top of firmware fixed. seems all confusing for customers. and will having the firmware fix and the os fix cause even more slowdowns?
  11. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,070   +1,548

    When told that part of this is a CPU architecture problem, this guy just sounds like his is an ignoramus playing cover intel's a$$ and hoping people won't realize that none of their cpus can be fixed.
  12. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 693   +344

    Why am I having flashbacks of Deus Ex Human Revolution :)
    A worldwide problem where a fix is miraculously available just in time.
    Except here we have no proof that there is a problem, yet everyone is so scared they are willing to wreck server performance to put the fix in.
    And the next logical step is to recover that lost performance. By buying lots more Intel processors maybe?
    Are we witnessing an example of a company hiding a massive security bug for 20+ years and then hugely benefitting from finally revealing the bug when they have a "fix" available?
  13. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,665   +1,130

    On the bright side, you won't have any slowdowns ☺
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,930   +3,304

    Does this mean I have to worry about patching my eMachines with a Pentium 4 519?

    If that takes a performance hit, it may not have the strength to boot...:D
  15. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,410   +569

    Hmm so that means my 6 core I7-970 (gulftown) won't be patched.

    I am due for an upgrade this year anyways but now I may not be able to use it as a backup box.
  16. JamesSWD

    JamesSWD TS Maniac Posts: 258   +154

    Two of my machines are way beyond that. A Core i7 860 Lynnfield and a Core2Duo E6400. They're still going strong and running Win 10 x64 Creators Update. Wonder if they're vulnerable to this?
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,930   +3,304

    I see that M$ has opportunistically chosen to use this, as yet another opportunity to force everyone to install Windows 10.
  18. Potato Judge

    Potato Judge TS Booster Posts: 148   +65

    There was a typo on the 2nd sentence. Though one can't deny that the CEO had the "Brain" to sell those stocks. lol.
  19. Outlander04

    Outlander04 TS Rookie Posts: 16

    Sounds like they won't offer patches for older cpu
  20. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,375   +71

    bandit8623 likes this.

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