Intel gives up patching some chips with Spectre flaws

The Asus ROG G703 is one of the first laptops to sport Intel's Core i9 mobile processor.                  Sean Hollister  CNET
The Asus ROG G703 is one of the first laptops to sport Intel's Core i9 mobile processor. Sean Hollister CNET
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05 April, 2018

Intel updated its patching guidance for Spectre this week, continuing the months-long process of fixing the critical security flaw.

CPUs that won't get a fix come from the Bloomfield, Bloomfield Xeon, Clarksfield, Gulftown, Harpertown Xeon C0 and E0, Jasper Forest, Penryn/QC, SoFIA 3GR, Wolfdale, Wolfdale Xeon, Yorkfield and Yorkfield Xeon.

The new processors also have the Intel 300 Series Chipset, which includes Gigabit Wi-Fi.

However, there are microcodes updates that do protect against the first variation of Spectre and the more serious Meltdown flaw.

Intel announced the most powerful Intel Core i9 processor arrival on laptops at a global event in Beijing.

According to the news report by Bloomberg, insider information has revealed that Apple is planning to replace the now used Intel chips with its own in its Mac computers from as near as 2020.

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Having crashed systems globally with its faulty patch for modern hardware, Intel has decided not to take the risk for its older stuff and has blamed 'micro-architectural characteristics that preclude a practical implementation of features mitigating Variant 2.

Its stated reasons also include that the products lack commercial system software support. This is certain to bring a multi-step transition for Apple, and as expected by many a different display on software layout due to the major processor component that was Intel. The best part of this CPU is its base clock speed that touches 2.9GHz with a single-core Turbo Boost speed of 4.8GHz.

With this policy change, Intel has developed all the Spectre microcode fixes it's going to.

One significant observation made by experts, in this context, is that the other chip makers, including Apple's partner in Taiwan seem to have greatly reduced the gap in the capability levels between theirs and that of Intel's. The company has also recommended admins and/or users stop using the updates as the mitigation for Spectre v2 contained within them causes stability issues.

Now, financial analyst Wasmi Mohan - who works at Merrill Lynch - has added further discussion to the rumours by claiming that Apple would be able to boost productivity by making its own chips.

Our devices may never truly be secure, says the CEO of the company that designs the heart of most mobile chips.


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