Intel Says It Won’t Fix Meltdown and Spectre in Some Vulnerable Chips

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Intel originally promised to fix the Meltdown and Spectre hardware flaws in all of its processors, but in a recent microcode revision guidance, the company says that won’t be possible and some chips would no longer receive updates.

The company has assigned the “Stopped” production status to a total of 10 product families covering more than 200 processor models.

“After a comprehensive investigation of the microarchitectures and microcode capabilities for these products, Intel has determined to not release microcode updates for these products for one or more reasons,” the company said.

There are three reasons that Intel mentions in the documentation and which it says were decisive for not addressing Meltdown and Spectre design flaws in some of the impacted products:

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