Intel’s security patches for Meltdown and Spectre available from the Microsoft Update Catalog
You can now install the Intel patch and protect your PC.
Microsoft released an update for Windows that fixed the Meltdown / Spectre security hole in January, but firmware updates from the chip makers were also required for a full protection. After a false start in January, Intel and Microsoft are now offering the latest CPU firmware patch for PCs, available as a manual update from the Microsoft Update Catalog.
According to the changelog,
“This update is a standalone update available through the Microsoft Update Catalog and targeted for Windows 10 version 1709 (Fall Creators Update) & Windows Server version 1709 (Server Core). This update also includes Intel microcode updates that were already released for these Operating Systems at the time of Release To Manufacturing (RTM). We will offer additional microcode updates from Intel thru this KB Article for these Operating Systems as they become available to Microsoft.”
Microsoft says that it will continue to work with partners on tools to help protect against Spectre. In order to protect your PCs against possible attacks, make sure that your operating system is always up to date.