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Spectre Next Generation are new security vulnerabilities affecting Intel's CPUs

Spectre Next Generation are new security vulnerabilities affecting Intel's CPUs”

German publication Heise reported that researchers are preparing to disclose at least eight new CVE-listed vulnerability reports describing side-channel attack flaws in Intel processors. The chip maker gave four of them a severity rating of high, while the remaining four were rated as medium severity.

At the time of writing, Intel did not reveal any technical details about the vulnerabilities. While this is a given for cloud hosting services, it remains unclear whether they will affect the performance (and in this case the gaming performance) of ordinary/casual PC users.

Reports have begun circling that Intel is in the process of patching yet more vulnerabilities in its processors, dubbed Spectre Next Generation or Spectre-NG. It did not say if AMD processors were affected by the vulnerabilities, or how severely affected they were.

Taking care of the Spectre and Meltdown flaws in processors has been hard for Intel and its technology partners such as Microsoft, with users reporting system instability and slower performance after microcode patches have been applied. Reportedly, the Spectre-ng attack pattern is similar to that of Spectre.

The original Spectre flaw was first discovered back in January, alongside with the Meltdown vulnerability. Intel eventually release a revised security patches to the Spectre flaw a month later, but only for sixth to eighth-gen CPUs, as well as Xeon Scalable and Xeon D CPUs.

Patches are in the works from Intel.

The first set of fixes will arrive later this month, while the second batch is now scheduled to go live this August.



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