Processors fabbed by Intel over the last decade are all vulnerable to one of the Spectrevulnerabilities which were revealed, even after the patches and microcode updates which have been released to mitigate the flaw.
Intel says it stopped developing the Spectre variant 2 mitigations for at least one of three main reasons, including that it was impractical, the CPU was not widely supported, or that customers indicated the CPUs are running on closed systems.
The new processors also have the Intel 300 Series Chipset, which includes Gigabit Wi-Fi.
The company has been releasing microcode updates for the flaws at staggered intervals over the past month.
In March, Intel said that it was developing microcode fixes for processors as old as the 45nm Core 2 chips (built on the Penryn architecture) and the first-generation Core processors (built using the Westmere and Nehalem architectures).
The reasons Intel gave for stopping these updates vary, from the possibility that patching Variant 2 of Spectre is just too hard based on the design of the chip in question, to limited availability of software support and the fact that some of the affected chips are powering "closed systems" - they're not connected to anything that could allow hackers to exploit them, so the risk is so small that administrators can avoid the fuss of implementing such a tricky update.
There being limited commercially available system software support. Intel's first ever Core i9 laptop processor was just unveiled, and with the company positioning it toward content creators, it too should help push the envelope all the more.
The new range is i9-8950HK processor that comes with six cores and 12 threads. Incidentally, Apple has been installing Intel chips in its computers since the year 2005.
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