Intel Reveals Performance Data Results For Systems Affected By Spectre And Meltdown

Michael Short  Bloomberg	
           Apple products are among those that could be affected by the Spectre and Meltdown bugs recently reported

Michael Short Bloomberg Apple products are among those that could be affected by the Spectre and Meltdown bugs recently reported

AMD said that its chips were vulnerable to one variant of the Spectre bug, but there was "near zero risks" from the second Spectre variant and vulnerability to the second variant "has not been demonstrated on AMD processors to date".

Nvidia's GPUs are immune to the Spectre flaw.

Microsoft has also fixed security vulnerabilities in Office for Mac where the attackers can access the system without users consent. The performance loss would be up to 10% level. Systems running McAfee, TrendMicro, and Webroot software are also expected to be eligible to receive the updates soon.

Windows Server on any silicon, especially in any IO-intensive application, shows a more significant performance impact when you enable the mitigations to isolate untrusted code within a Windows Server instance.

Spectre breaks the isolation between different applications. Notably, the statement explains that Meltdown and Spectre Variant 1 will have minimal impact on performance.

In news related to the above, MSI has pushed out BIOS updates for its range of Z370-series motherboards. We are working closely with them to correct an issue that paused the distribution of patches for some older AMD processors (AMD Opteron, Athlon and AMD Turion X2 Ultra families) earlier this week.

Customer-First Urgency: By 15 Jan, we will have issued updates for at least 90 per cent of Intel CPUs introduced in the past five years, with updates for the remainder of these CPUs available by the end of January.

Linux vendors are also rolling out patches across AMD products now.

Who is impacted by Meltdown & Spectre? It's worth noting that a reboot is required to patch the system.

Intel is facing a growing number of lawsuits, including claims from groups of consumers alleging that it misled consumers by failing to disclose the security hole and demands for compensation based on the potential slower performance of machines that have been patched.

AMD will make optional microcode updates available to our customers and partners for Ryzen and EPYC processors starting this week.

Windows 10 downloads the update automatically and will prompt you to install it. To install the update manually, open Settings Update and Security and select "Check for updates" option. However Intel has smartly responded to the solution by claimimg that average computer users should not be affected.

The reports are true that for some AMD processors the Microsoft security patch recently released to address the Spectre vulnerability can leave systems in a state where they cannot boot.

GPZ Variant 3 (Meltdown) doesn't affect AMD processors.

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