Mon. Apr 6th, 2020

Microsoft releases Intel microcode updates to Windows 10 to mitigate data sampling vulnerabilities

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Recently, Microsoft releases Intel microcode updates to Windows 10 to mitigate data sampling vulnerabilities. This microcode update covers all supported versions of Windows 10.

However, Microsoft has not pushed these microcode updates directly to consumers. Users must manually download these microcode updates and restart the system to apply this update.

We know that microcode updates will affect the peak performance of Intel processors, and it is unclear whether Microsoft decided not to push it because of processor performance issues.

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The Intel processor codes supported by this microcode update are

  • Denverton
  • Sandy Bridge
  • Sandy Bridge E, EP
  • Valley View
  • Whiskey Lake U

In fact, the most important thing in current microcode updates is to disable Intel Hyper-Threading Technology and cooperate with software-level isolation to ensure data security in the kernel.

That’s why users installing such microcode updates have more or less performance impact, so many users are reluctant to enable microcode updates.

However, based on security considerations, it is recommended that users deploy microcode updates. After all, such vulnerabilities may be exploited at some point and leak user data.

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