Earlier this year, the world of technology was shaken when teams of security researchers, acting independently, unearthed two chip vulnerabilities that affected essentially every Intel processor released in the last decade. The vulnerabilities were named Specter and Melt and provided malicious avenues to access sensitive data, such as usernames and pbadwords, even if they were stored in protected memory.
Adding another layer of shame about it, Intel shortly after implemented a security patch only to warn OEMs and users not to install it amid reports that the patch "may present more unexpected restarts and other unpredictable behaviors of the system".
Now comes the word through Intel that the company's next-generation Intel Core Xeon and 8th-gen processors – which are scheduled for release in the second half of 2018 – will include design changes designed to combat variants of the Specter and Meltdown vulnerabilities.
"We have redesigned processor parts to introduce new levels of protection through partitions that will protect against Variants 2 and 3," said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich in a launch presentation of "Think of this partition as & # 39; additional protection walls between applications and user privilege levels to create an obstacle for bad actors. "
Regarding existing machines, Krzanich notes that Intel has released microcode updates for "100% of Intel products" launched in the last five years that require protection … "
Along with the release of Press, Intel also released a video with a simple explanation on how the Specter and Meltdown vulnerabilities work.