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I saw that.  Still only goes back to Skylake, but they are making progress.  Tons of people use pre-Skylake CPUs--I guess Skylake + makes up the bulk out there in the wild.

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Indeed. Patchable in firmware, in a few weeks vs months or never, requires admin access AND a BIOS reflash to make it all work. Color me unsurprised to find all that out. It's basically no worse than Intel's own problems with their IME chip that everyone swept under the rug.

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Intel are cutting back on the amount of planned microcode fixes, so some older models will not be supported ..

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/04/intel-drops-plans-to-develop-spectre-microcode-for-ancient-chips/

 

And here's the guide listing all the ones that will be getting an update ..

https://newsroom.intel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2018/04/microcode-update-guidance.pdf

Thankfully all of our family machines are being done.

 

And just a reminder, here are the ones already done ..

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4090007/intel-microcode-updates

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InSpectre has been updated

  • Release #8 — Now shows whether an Intel microcode patch is (ever) available for Spectre.
    Intel has finished designing microcode update patches for its processors. On April 2nd, 2018, they announced that processors that have not yet been patches will never be patched. Their full statement is available in this PDF document. In that document, Intel specifies which of their many processors do have patches and which of their more recent processors will never receive updated firmware. Now that the industry has this information, this 8th release of InSpectre incorporates that list of CPUIDs and displays whether microcode firmware updates exist for the system's Intel CPU.

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