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After the meltdown discovered in January 2018 by Google’s Project Zero, it was a big question over chip companies to remove security loopholes that are existed with the current architecture. That also required a redesign of the Operating system at the kernel level.
Intel is working on advancing the security of data centers and PCs and taking it to chip level to prevent any Spectre and Meltdown like situations. Brian Krzanich, the chief executive officer of Intel Corporation, wrote an editorial informing this about the current project that Intel is working on.
The first step was to release some microcodes to fix the existing computers. Intel has released some microcodes to update the existing computers and some more to release. But, Intel is advance the security system to protect against all the Variants of attack.
“While Variant 1 will continue to be addressed via software mitigations, we are making changes to our hardware design to further address the other two. We have redesigned parts of the processor to introduce new levels of protection through partitioning that will protect against both Variants 2 and 3. Think of this partitioning as additional “protective walls” between applications and user privilege levels to create an obstacle for bad actors.” — said Brian Krzanich, the chief executive officer of Intel Corporation.
“With these updates now available, I encourage everyone to make sure they are always keeping their systems up-to-date. It’s one of the easiest ways to stay protected. I also want to take the opportunity to share more details of what we are doing at the hardware level to protect against these vulnerabilities in the future. This was something I committed to during our most recent earnings call.” — He added.
These changes will begin with next-generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors (code-named Cascade Lake) as well as 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processors expected to ship in the second half of 2018.