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Spectre Still Haunts Microsoft and Intel

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Living in the Shadow of Spectre

After fumbling their first attempt at patching the Spectre vulnerability, Microsoft has released Security Update 4078407.

According to their security advisory, “applying this update will enable the Spectre Variant 2 mitigation CVE-2017-5715 – “Branch target injection vulnerability.”

Microsoft has released several stages of updates in an attempt to deal with Spectre. In March, Microsoft addressed Windows systems running on Intel Skylake, Coffe Lake, and Kaby Lake CPUs. They then followed up by releasing updates for Broadwell and Haswell processors, as well as updates for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

To ensure the security, and now stability, of devices with the affected processors, these updates need to be deployed.

Syxsense can simplify such a task. Our Patch Manager quickly identifies any device in need of updates. Then a maintenance window can be created to deploy the updates around business hours, avoiding any loss in productivity.

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“Insane Garbage” Patches Disrupt Devices

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Intel Warns of Faulty Meltdown and Spectre Patches

If you thought the Meltdown and Spectre threat had passed, Intel has some bad news: don’t install their updates!

In a statement released by Intel, their EVP Neil Shenoy stated: “We recommend that OEMs, cloud service providers, system manufacturers, software vendors, and end users stop deployment…they may introduce higher than expected reboots and other unpredictable system behavior.”

Users are not the only ones incredibly frustrated with Intel. Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux, expressed his displeasure with Intel.

They do literally insane things. I really don’t want to see these garbage patches just mindlessly sent out. I think we need something better than this garbage.

What You Should Do

The best approach, for now, is to monitor your systems with a comprehensive IT management solution. Keep an eye on the status of your environment by implementing a solution that can easily show you, through the console or reports, which devices are affected by these updates.

Syxsense has this capability, and more. Keep track of the status of your IT environment through detailed, easy to understand reports. If you decide you want to remove these disastrous patches, with Syxsense, you can roll them back in just a few clicks.

Find a better way to manage devices, start your trial with Syxsense.

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