Microsoft has issued a out of turn security update for Windows this month, that fixes issues with Intel’s Spectre security flaw. The processor maker had earlier warned users that its patches for Spectre were buggy, causing some PCs to reboot spontaneously. In fact, in its latest financial results, Intel also said that the bug in its patches could lead to loss or corruption of data. The company has been advising customers and PC makers to not update firmware right now, till properly tested updates are available.
Microsoft has been advising customers and PC makers to not update firmware right now, till properly tested updates are available.
It seems Microsoft’s software update caters to Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and windows 10-powered PCs right now. It’s unsurprising that older versions aren’t included, given that Microsoft has already withdrawn support for those versions of its operating system. The software update disables the protection from Spectre variant 2.
The update comes under the Windows Update system, so you’ll have to download it manually. On the other hand, Intel has said that it knows what issues its patches have, and will be working to fix it as soon as possible. Microsoft’s update release also has an additional registry key setting for devices that have been impacted by the Intel bug. This means IT admins can enable and disable the Spectre variant 2 protections easily.