It appears that eight new security vulnerabilities have surfaced. German website Heise reports that these new vulnerabilities are called Spectre Next Generation – or Spectre NG – and affect mostly Intel’s CPUs (though they may also affect some ARM CPUs).
Although we don’t have enough details about these new security vulnerabilities, it is reported that risks and attack scenarios are similar to the original Spectre. In other words, most PC users won’t be affected by them.
Intel is currently working on fixes for Spectre Next Generation, and Microsoft will release some new updates that will resolve – via software – these new security vulnerabilities.
Naturally, it will be interesting to see whether the new patches (that will resolve these vulnerabilities) will bring any additional performance hit. While this is a given for cloud hosting services, it remains unclear whether they will affect the performance (and in this case the gaming performance) of ordinary/casual PC users.
The first set of fixes will arrive later this month, while the second batch is currently scheduled to go live this August.