New CPU Microcode Updates for Intel Processors

Intel has released a new round of CPU microcode updates that address the Spectre variant #2 CPU vulnerability that now include older processor microarchitectures (all the way back to Haswell). There is always a delay between when Intel makes these updates available and when the system vendors and motherboard manufacturers do their validation and release BIOS updates.

A number of system vendors and motherboard manufacturers have special sites where you can more easily locate the latest BIOS update for your system. You should make a point of periodically checking to see if any BIOS updates are available for your systems. Here is a list of some of the more popular vendors:




Dell (Server)






I have written quite a bit about Spectre and Meltdown, including my latest article for SQLPerformance.com here.

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