We recently talked about the CPU flaws that we have become aware of and now that this has become common knowledge companies are working on providing fixes for the issue. Microsoft has started rolling out emergency patches to compensate for these CPU flaws. It has been made clear that patching these issues could result in performance degradation.
While the CPUs could slow down by up to 30% rest assured that you will experience little to no difference when gaming. Cloud services and data centers will be taking a hit though and that is why Microsoft, Google and Amazon are working on fixes for the CPUs flaws as we speak.
A Microsoft spokesperson talked about the CPU flaws issue and said that the company was aware of the threat and that the company is working closely with chip manufacturers in order to come with a solution to the problem. According to the spokesperson:
We are in the process of deploying mitigations to cloud services and have also released security updates to protect Windows customers against vulnerabilities affecting supported hardware chips from Intel, ARM, and AMD.
Details regarding these CPU flaws have become common knowledge now and you can read about them here. While these patches are being deployed we are not sure which attack variants these patches will protect against. That is yet to be seen and we will keep you updated regarding the issue. Stay tuned to SegmentNext for more information.
“Security updates to Windows SMB Server, the Windows Subsystem for Linux, Windows Kernel, Windows Datacenter Networking, Windows Graphics, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and the Microsoft Scripting Engine.”
We do know that there are three kinds of attacks that can be a threat. We will have to see whether these patches fix one of these threats or all of them. If you are using Windows 10 then you should get the update automatically. Although the patches are available for Windows 7 and 8, you will need to download them manually.
While there have been no reports of exploitation, now that this information is out there it is safer to patch these issues as soon as possible. The following are the updates coming to Windows 10:
- Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is receiving KB4056892 (Build 16299.192)
- Windows 10 Creators Update Version 17033 gets KB4056891 (Build 15063.850)
- Version 1607 is getting KB4056890 (Build 14393.2007)
- 1511 receives KB4056888 (Build 10586.1356) – for enterprise and education only.
- The original Windows 10 version is receiving KB4056893 (Build 10240.17738) – for enterprise only.
Let us know what you think about Microsoft rolling out these emergency updates in order to deal with these CPU flaws.