back to article If you've got Intel inside, you probably need to get these security patches inside, too

Intel has disclosed high-severity bugs in its firmware that's used in datacenter servers, workstations, mobile devices, storage products, and other gear. These flaws can be exploited to escalate privileges, leak information, or stop things from working. You should check for any updates for your Intel-powered hardware, and …

  1. ShadowSystems

    I don't know to laugh or cry...

    On one hand I want to laugh in relief that my NUC isn't among the ones that need a fix, but on the other hand I want to cry because the reason that's true is because my system is so fucking old that it hasn't been supported for about a trillion years. =-/

    I often wonder what life would be like if I had a computer with hardware inside that wasn't Ivy Bridge, 3rd Gen I3. Can anyone tell me if tasks get done faster than a snail trying to tow a petrol supertanker uphill in the snow during a hurricane blizzard? I can only dream...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I don't know to laugh or cry...

      Ha, that's my desktop cpu. Still chugging along in 2022. I would upgrade but I sold my kidneys for gas.

  2. sreynolds

    Let me guess....

    Someone found security issues in Intel. Intel says, wow too hard to fix. Let's just cripple the firmware. So once again the user who paid for a high end product ends up with a piece of crystalised sand.

    What will the performance hit be? Looks like the smart people buy AMD these days.

    1. b0llchit Silver badge

      Re: Let me guess....

      ...a piece of crystalised sand.

      How do you crystalize a crystal?

    2. Mr Dogshit

      Re: Let me guess....

      The smart people have always bought AMD.

      1. Captain Scarlet Silver badge

        Re: Let me guess....

        They brought VIA Eden processors (and are still waiting for the program to load).

        We really need more competition than just two x86 manufacturers

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    when ready

    "You should check for any updates for your Intel-powered hardware, and install them when ready."

    Hmmm, I think it would be more appropriate to say "if ready". Many AIB never bothered to even port the Intel FW patches to their own product.

    Me ? ASUS Maximum VII Impact. The only Spectre/Meltdown related patch is still beta from years ago. Probably only mitigated the first exploit discovered in early 2018 ...

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Ha Ha, you should be running Linux"


    Nowhere is safe anymore.

  5. Claptrap314 Silver badge

    In case you've fogotten

    THERE IS NO SW FIX FOR SPECTRE CLASS BUGS. Sw will be able to deal with many of them. But not all. Unless it flips the bit to turn off speculative fetches, per the original NIST recommendations (that lasted less than twelve hours).

    There is a new generation of hw required with WAY more complicated caches to eliminate them.

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