Intel Spectre-NG Patches Delayed As Intel Not Able To Get Them Ready In Time

Recently, 8 new Spectre security vulnerabilities titled “Spectre-NG” were made public for Intel chips and Intel was working hard to roll out patches for these new security vulnerabilities, however, the upcoming Intel Spectre-NG Patches have been delayed.

Reports suggest that these Intel Spectre-NG Patches were supposed to drop on May 7, 2018, but now Intel has delayed the patches for the newly discovered security exploits by 14 days and are now scheduled to roll out on May 21, 2018.

These patches will address the Spectre-NG security exploit in Intel Core processors starting from 1st gen Intel core processors to 8th gen Coffee Lake CPUs.

These security exploits have emerged shortly after Intel revealed 8th gen CPU refreshes which have completely been redesigned to counter Spectre and Meltdown security exploits.

These redesigns will be seen in Intel 8th Gen core Chips that will ship in the second half of 2018. While Intel didn’t talk about the performance impact of the redesign but said that they will bring the performance improvements that are expected of the upcoming Coffee Lake Chips.

Speaking of Intel processors, Intel has discontinued the Kaby Lake-X CPUs due to low sales and poor market response. These CPUs were announced just 11 months ago and were specifically designed and marketed to PC enthusiasts. According to Intel, the response from the consumers wasn’t very good and due to low sales, Intel has decided to move Intel Kaby Lake-X CPUs to EOL status.

The Intel Kaby Lake-X CPUs are based 14nm+ architecture and are basically quad-core processors. The processors included in the Kaby Lake-X are Core i7-7740X and Core i5-7640X.

In related news, reportedly Intel will reveal its Discrete GPUs at CES 2019. According to the report, Intel has completed the first phase of the development of its discrete GPUs and are now preparing for a big reveal and launch of the Intel Discrete GPU.

It should be noted that these dates and exploits have been revealed by one source and have not yet been confirmed by Intel, so do take this with a grain of salt.

Do you think the upcoming 8th gen refreshes of Intel Coffee Lake processors will be secure from such exploits? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Heise