The previous Intel Spectre patch had some issues of its own but now new Intel Spectre patch is being pushed out and Intel is urging people to update as soon as possible and while that might be the case it would be wise for you to wait a little bit and see what people have to say about the Intel Spectre patch before you rush forward and something unexpected happens.
The Intel Spectre patch addresses only a small number of the affected CPUs but if you own a Skylake CPU then you are in luck as you can download and install these patches now. Security is a huge concern, now more than ever and by applying these Spectre patches you will be able to avoid any threats.
The creator of Linux had a few words to say about the previous Intel Spectre patch and the following is what he said about the fix:
The patches do things like add the garbage MSR writes to the kernel entry/exit points. That’s insane. That says “we’re trying to protect the kernel”. We already have retpoline there, with less overhead. So somebody isn’t telling the truth here. Somebody is pushing complete garbage for unclear reasons. Sorry for having to point that out.
Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel Corporation updated the general public regarding the new updates in a blog post and the following is what he had to say about the new Intel Spectre patch:
Ultimately, these updates will be made available in most cases through OEM firmware updates. I can’t emphasize enough how critical it is for everyone to always keep their systems up-to-date. Research tells us there is frequently a substantial lag between when people receive updates and when they actually implement them. In today’s environment, that must change.
Intel has promised to release chips later this year that will not be affected by Meltdown and Spectre. We will see what these chips will have to offer but as of right now this is what we have to deal with. While on the topic of CPUs, it seems that in the coming months prices of PC hardware components are going to go up, that includes CPUs, RAM and GPUs. You can check out more information here.
Furthermore, it seems that cryptocurrency miners are returning graphics cards in order to try to get back a part of their investment. It is possible that the mining bubble has burst and keeping in mind the effects of mining on graphics cards prices, it is about time.
If you have installed the new Intel Spectre patch then be sure to give us your feedback regarding the update.