Safeguards Users From Speculative Execution Vulnerability

Posted by Ryan Rudd on Friday, January 12, 2018 - 3:25pm

GIGABYTE Safeguards Users From Speculative Execution Vulnerability

Keep Your Systems Protected With Newest GIGABYTE BIOS Updates 

Taipei, Taiwan, January 11th, 2018 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, has promptly implemented safety and precautionary measures aligned with Intel®’s response to safeguard customers against security vulnerabilities on systems utilizing Speculative Execution and indirect branch prediction.

 

The newly released BIOS updates from GIGABYTE integrate the latest Intel advised CPU Microcode versions to mitigate issues potentially caused by the security vulnerability. Customers who have purchased a GIGABYTE board are strongly recommended to visit the GIGABYTE official website immediately for the latest BIOS updates. Please refer to the following micro link for the list of available BIOS updates by models (currently offers updates for models that support 6th/7th/8th generation Intel® Core™ processors and X99/X299 platform):

https://www.gigabyte.com/MicroSite/481/intel-sa-00088.html

 

The security vulnerability arises from a new side-channel analysis method developed by external researchers that gathers information by observing the physical behavior of certain processing techniques that are common to modern computing platforms. Malicious code using this method and running locally on a normally operating platform could infer data values from memory. Based on GIGABYTE and Intel’s current assessment of these exploits we believe that they do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data.

 

After being notified about this industry-wide potential security issue, GIGABYTE is working with our silicon providers in developing solutions to mitigate these issues as soon as reasonably possible. Updated software and firmware mitigations should be available in the next few days and will continue to be released over the next few weeks.

 

For more information on the Intel security vulnerabilities, please visit the Intel Security Center website for further details:

https://security-center.intel.com/advisory.aspx?intelid=INTEL-SA-00088&languageid=en-fr

 

Any issues affecting the user’s experience with GIGABYTE motherboards is of the utmost importance. GIGABYTE is committed to fulfilling the highest standards for quality and service of its motherboards.

 

To learn more about GIGABYTE: http://www.gigabyte.com

About GIGABYTE

GIGABYTE, a global leading brand in the IT industry, offers a broad product portfolio including Motherboards, Graphics Cards, PC Components, PC Peripherals, Laptops, Desktop PCs, Network Communications, Servers and Mobile Phones. GIGABYTE also demonstrates the pinnacle of its hardware excellence in AORUS, in which it provides a full spectrum of innovative gaming products that deliver the ultimate performance and exemplify PC’s capability of bringing gamers unprecedented delights. Since its founding in 1986, GIGABYTE has taken the lead in the world’s motherboard and graphics card innovations and been internationally recognized by National Quality Award, Taiwan Excellence Award, Asia Info Tech 100, and as a Taiwan Top 20 Global Brand. With the idea to “Upgrade Your Life”, GIGABYTE creates innovative digital solutions that completely satisfy consumer needs and desires. Please visit www.gigabyte.com for more information.