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Spectre & meltdown patch for Intel board

Hello everyone,

I did read about the Spectre / Meltdown mitigation, and from what I understood you need:

  • An updated BIOS from the motherboard vendor
  • A patch from the operating system vendor

When will Intel release patches for their desktop mainboards? I found nothing clear/official regarding those boards, and I do have a DH87RL that could really benefit from that.

Thanks

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Intel committed to delivering updates for all affected products by the end of the month. Watch the downloads page for your board for the release of an updated BIOS. It should appear sometime in the next few weeks.

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It looks like Intel is behind schedule. I saw that they had to pull down microcode for older CPU.

Really looking forward to that BIOS update though.

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Yea, instabilities showed up in the microcode. They had to recall all versions. The cause has since been fixed, but they have decided to do more thorough testing before releasing. My understanding is that a few have been released and should be seen shortly.

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I am also looking for this information, as there is no indication on the Intel site that the required bios updates for Intel boards over 5 years old will ever be released.

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The schedule for delivering updates for the various products will appear on these web pages:

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000026620/mini-pcs.html INTEL-SA-00088 Schedule for Intel NUC, Compute Stick and Compute Card

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000026630/boards-and-kits/desktop-boards.ht... INTEL-SA-00088 Schedule for Intel Desktop Boards

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000026622/server-products.html INTEL-SA-00088 Schedule for Intel Server Boards, Systems and Accessories

A schedule for the Desktop Boards has not been posted as yet but, if you click on the See All button in the This article applies to: section, you will see a list of the ids of the boards that they plan to update (I hope they stick with this list).

Hope this helps,

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At least currently I'm not seeing "this article applies to".

There is only a list of links to support pages for related products. If it previously had this article applies to, maybe it was a mistake.

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Super User Retired Employee
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Sorry, I shouldn't jump back and forth answering multiple queries at the same time (I get mixed up on which I am responding to ). It is the Find support for related products section. Look for the See All link under it. As I said, I am presuming that these links are here because these are the boards that they intend to (eventually) address.

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Here is an update from yesterday if you bought your MB from Intel:

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000026630/boards-and-kits/desktop-boards.ht... Intel-SA-00088 for Intel® Desktop Boards

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pjc, that link is always updated and is already provided in a good number of threads, including this one.

Doc

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