Intel recently announced that they have completed their validations and started to release microcode for newer CPU platforms around Spectre Variant 2 (CVE 2017-5715 (“Branch Target Injection”)). This update includes microcode updates from Intel for the following CPUs:
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. Please ensure that mitigation against Spectre Variant 2 is enabled through the registry settings documented in the following articles:
- Windows Client Guidance for IT Pros to protect against speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities
- Windows Server Guidance to protect against speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities
Consult with your device manufacturer’s and Intel’s websites regarding their microcode recommendation for your device before applying this update to your device.
Microsoft is not aware of any issues that affect this update currently.