I have an older motherboard (DP55KG) that I bought from Intel (Built the computer myself). Will and how is Intel going to distribute BIOS, microcode, etc. fixes for Meltdown / Spectre? I have already applied various OS fixes, but they don't fix everything. Will there eventually be a tool and download to get these updates?
pjc123: Thank you very much for contacting the Intel® communities. We will do our best to provide the information you are looking for.
In regard to your inquiry about updates and for full details on this topic please refer to this Intel public website:
Any further questions, please let me know.
@Alberto R. I understand that it is early in Intel's response to these issues, but from the links you provided:
1) "End users and systems administrators should check with their operating system vendors and system manufacturers, and apply any updates as soon as they are available."
It is a motherboard. You are the "System Manufacturer and Vendor".
2) The CEO of Intel points out: "For Intel CPUs introduced in the past five years, we expect to issue updates for more than 90 percent of them within a week, the remainder by the end of January. We will continue to issue updates for other products thereafter".
My motherboard is older than 5 years (10 years old). Does "We will continue to issue updates for other products thereafter" mean that a patch will eventually be provided for my motherboard / processor? This is still a very capable motherboard and processor (DP55KG / i7-860), in fact it is way faster than a brand new laptop that I just bought (granted that has a low voltage version with less cores), so I still use the desktop combination most of the time.
pjc123: I just received an update on this subject and it is possible that some microcode updates will not be included in the download. Some microcode patches can only be delivered via BIOS update, that is why we recommend checking directly with your system manufacturer and OS provided updates.