Security Software

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Intel® processors are affected?

For each security advisory, affected processors are identified at the Security Center under that specific advisory.

Do I need a microcode update?

Microcode requirements can be found on the Security Center for each specific advisory.

How do I update the microcode?

Intel always recommends running the latest microcode for your system by using an updated BIOS or by OS loading of microcode updates if supported by the platform. See the Security Center for each advisory with the latest details on what options are available. This is especially true when mitigating potential side-channel cache exploits.

What should I do if I’m running a Linux distribution?

Contact your operating system vendor for the latest information.

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