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Microsoft releases new software and microcode updates to address Spectre flaw (Variant 2)

April 27, 2018

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The IT giant has rolled out a new batch of software and microcode security updates to address the Spectre flaw (Variant 2).

The Spectre Variant 2, aka CVE-2017-5715, is a branch target injection vulnerability, while the Meltdown and Variant 1 of the Spectre attacks can be mitigated efficiently with software updates, the Spectre Variant 2 requires microcode updates to be fully addressed.

Microsoft is one of the companies that first released security patched to address the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in Intel chips, has been releasing software mitigations for the Spectre and Meltdown flaws since January.

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