Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities are probably the most talked about modern-day cyber issues and the bigger manufacturers are busy in making their products safe. AMD felt that its quarterly earnings event would be good for speaking about the measures that are been taken to protect its upcoming Zen 2 architecture from the said vulnerabilities.
New CPUs On The Roll
One of the AMD’s biggest competitor in hardware production is Intel which is already working on its new CPUs that will be addressed the Spectre security flaw. How could AMD be left behind? They have announced that the Zen 2 processors would be equally good to fight the Spectre issue despite the fact that the current generation of AMD’s processors isn’t vulnerable to Spectre or Meltdown.
Speaking of the worst case scenario, there is only one susceptible variant of the Spectre bug that can cause problems and AMD is rolling out patches to build a protective wall against it in the first place. The newer processors will definitely be capable of withstanding the hazards. According to CEO, Lisa Su:
We continue to believe that Variant 2 of Spectre is difficult to exploit on AMD processors. However, we are deploying CPU microcode patches that in combination with OS updates provide additional mitigation steps. Longer term, we have included changes in our future processor cores, starting with our Zen 2 design, to further address potential Spectre like exploits.