On Thursday, AMD began rolling out an update for Windows with important security fixes. In a press release, the company confirmed that it is rolling out patches for two variants of the Spectre vulnerabilities on Windows and Linux operating systems. The vulnerabilities in chipsets from Intel and AMD were discovered last week, with details coming from Google Project Zero, Graz University of Technology and others.
The Spectre vulnerability affect billions of PCs, Tablets and Phones, the vulnerability basically allows attackers to steal the sensitive data stored on your device. The Spectre vulnerability affects almost all modern processors released in the past two decades from Intel, AMD and ARM.
Microsoft, Google and Apple have already released updates to patch two vulnerabilities in devices powered by processors from Intel, AMD, and ARM. After Intel, AMD has also released a set of patches for Windows and Linux.
AMD is working with Microsoft and partners to complete the rollout as soon as possible without causing any boot failures on devices. It’s worth noting that the devices with older processors are once again receiving the updates.
“At AMD, security is our top priority and we are continually working to ensure the safety of our users as new risks arise,” said Mark Papermaster. “We are working closely with Microsoft on the timing for distributing their patches. We are also engaging closely with the Linux community on development of “return trampoline” (Retpoline) software mitigations, he added.