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Patch Management / Windows

Microsoft Moves to Disable Spectre Mitigation for Windows While the World Waits on New Intel Fix

Intel, it seems, is in new waters over this latest security flaw. Never before has the company faced such a task to secure a flaw that exists in all known processors, and it shows. The company’s first round of fixes cause computers to bluescreen and reboot intermittently. The first fix caused so much problem that the processor company began telling customers and OEMs to stop installing it and wait for one that works better.

Microsoft is no noobie when it comes to delivering patches with an unexpected payload. The company regularly delivers Windows and Office patches that have to be followed-up with fixes to the fixes. The company has its own track-record with customers and its not good.

But, Microsoft is now attempting to help protect against Intel’s first fix by providing a way a new update, KB4078130. This update is available from the Microsoft Update Catalog and not available through Windows Update.

Additionally, Microsoft is supplying a set of registry keys for advanced administrators and users so that they can manually turn on and off the mitigation:


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