Microsoft has today released new important updates for all
supported versions of Windows 10 operating system. You can
download Windows 10 KB4078407 offline installer from
Microsoft’s Update Catalog and mitigate the vulnerabilities. In
a support page, Microsoft says that users may need to manually
deploy Windows 10 KB4078407 to enable mitigation against
Spectre, Variant 2.
Needless to say, the patching process of
Meltdown and Spectre hardware bugs disclosed earlier this
year is more complex than initially thought. While Microsoft
patched the vulnerabilities back in January, the company is
still releasing new updates to mitigate Spectre, Variant 2
vulnerabilities without affecting the performance.
Microsoft last month shipped several patches for Windows 10,
and today the company is releasing another set of security
updates. Windows 10 KB4078407 is aimed at the Spectre
Variant 2 vulnerability and can be installed on any supported
version of Windows 10. It is, however, worth noting that
Microsoft is not rolling out the update over-the-air, as a
result, you’ll need to download and deploy the update manually.
KB4078407 Download Links for Windows 10
Windows 10 KB4078407 Direct Download Links: 32-bit (x86) and
Microsoft says that you can install the patch in Windows 10 to
enable the Spectre Variant 2 mitigation that was originally
believed to be nearly impossible to exploit. Of course, the
update doesn’t come with any new changes or features.
While the update will patch the vulnerability, microcode
patches from hardware vendors are required and recommended as
Microsoft’s latest update only protects systems on the software
Microsoft has released another update KB4091666 aimed at
the original Windows 10 version 1507 with Intel processor.
The software giant has also published KB4090007 for Windows 10
Fall Creators Update, KB4091663 for Creators Update, and
KB4091664 for Anniversary Update devices. You can find the
download links below.
Microsoft is today adding support for the additional
processors. The company says that Xeon E3, Haswell, Haswell
Perf Halo, Haswell Server E (EP and EP4S), Haswell
ULT, Broadwell DE series, Broadwell Xeon E3, Broadwell H
43e and Broadwell U/Y processors are now supported.