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AMD begins patching its Ryzen and EPYC CPUs with Specter vulnerability

As we will remember, the controversy aboutMeltdown and Specter, which have caused a stir because its solution causes a loss of performance in the data centers and servers that make use of Intel processors, soAMDI left quickly to pronounce that its processors have azero impact riskin the face of such vulnerabilities, although the company has released updates that indicate that it really is not.Meltdownaffects older processors such asAMD FX or AMD FUsion A-Series APUs, whileSpecterif it affects your most modern processors likeRyzen and EPYC.

We have defined additional steps through a combination of microcode updates for the processor and patches for the operating system that we will make available to AMD customers and partners to further mitigate the threat. Mark Papermaster, director of technology at AMD.

AMD is currently performing firmware updates for equipment owners with Ryzen and EPYC-based processors during this week, while older processors are planning to update over the next few weeks. On the other hand, AMD does not indicate whether there will be any performance impact when applying these firmware updates, while clarifying that its Radeon GPU architecture is not affected by Meltdown or Specter asthey don't use speculative execution.

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