Microsoft releases separate Windows 10 patch against Spectre v2

Posted 25 April 2018 17:08 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Three months after the first Meltdown and Spectre security updates, Microsoft today released a separate patch that should protect Windows 10 systems against the second variant of Spectre. The update also contains several microcode updates for Haswell, Broadwell and Skylake architecture based Intel CPUs.

The Spectre attack makes it possible for attackers to gain access to data in the memory of the system, such as passwords and personal data, through Javascript. To be fully protected from the second variant of Spectre, users have to install both an update for their operating system, and microcode-updates for their processor.

Today’s update can be downloaded through the Microsoft Update Catalog and is intended for systems that haven’t received previous Spectre updates that were distributed through Windows Update.


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