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Thursday, 01 March 2018 09:03

Intel updates bug fixes for Broadwell, Haswell range

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Intel has updated patches issued earlier for its Broadwell and Haswell range of processors to guard against one variant of the Spectre vulnerability.

Unlike earlier releases, this time Intel did not release a detailed statement but instead merely updated an existing document.

A week ago, the company issued a second set of patches to fix the Meltdown and Spectre flaws in 6th, 7th and 8th generation Intel processors and the latest Intel Core X-series processor family.

The two flaws were revealed in the first week of January and are in Intel processors made since 1995. Since then, companies have been hustling to offer fixes and workarounds.

Meltdown removes the barrier between user applications and sensitive parts of the operating system.

Spectre, which is also reportedly found in some AMD and ARM processors, can trick vulnerable applications into leaking the contents of their memory.

Intel faces a total of 33 lawsuits over the two flaws, as iTWire reported.

Additionally, the Boston law firm of Block & Leviton is preparing a class action lawsuit against Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich for allegedly selling a vast majority of his Intel stock after the company was notified of the two flaws.


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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