Intel’s Next-Gen Processors Will Include Protection Against Meltdown and Spectre at the Silicon Level

Posted on March 15, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware with 5 Comments

Intel: Updates Will Make Chips "Immune" From New Security Vulnerabilities

Intel has been under a lot of fire ever since the disclosure of two of Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. The vulnerabilities affected almost all CPUs in the world, and Intel faced a lot of hurdles making patches available for the flaws.

Today, the company’s CEO announced that the firm is continuingly working hard to protect their customers from the vulnerabilities. In addition to providing improved fixes for one of the variants of the flaws, the company’s next-generation of processors will include silicon level fixes to protect against the other two variants.

Intel says the company is developing a new partition system that will help protect against these vulnerabilities. The enhancements will be available on its next-gen Xeon Cascade Lake processors, as well as the 8th gen Core processors that start shipping in the second half of this year. “We have redesigned parts of the processor to introduce new levels of protection through partitioning that will protect against both Variants 2 and 3. Think of this partitioning as additional “protective walls” between applications and user privilege levels to create an obstacle for bad actors,” the company said in a statement.

Intel continues to urge users on existing processors to update their systems to protect against the vulnerabilities, although the update rollout still continues to be a mess. 

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