After the knowledge of the existence of ZombieLoad, Apple presents the Macs that will not be able to patch properly against the new vulnerability of the Intel processors.
And it is that they are not good times for the main processor manufacturer worldwide Intel. After knowing the vulnerability of ZombieLoad of Intel processors manufactured since 2011, companies have started to release updates and patches to prevent private data from our computers are at risk from possible attacks.
Apple presents the Mac that will not be able to patch against the new ZombieLoad vulnerability
However, despite the efforts of the engineers, not all is good news. In fact, Apple has presented the list of computers that can not patch properly. These computers may receive security updates from Apple, but they probably will not be the most appropriate updates since Intel will not release the necessary microcode updates.
Obviously, these teams are the ones before 2011, prior to the processors that have been affected by the vulnerability that has been known in recent days. It is true that ZombieLoad would not work on these computers, with old chips, but according to Apple could be subject to “speculative execution vulnerabilities.”
Despite all this, Apple has already developed patches that mitigate the problem, although this leads to a decrease in equipment performance of up to 40% if the solution is applied completely. One of the main problems is that the solution is not in the hands of Cupertino. It must be Intel who provides the updates and patches to the vulnerability.
It is probably due to cases like this that Apple has been posing for some time the development and manufacture of their own processors. It is even rumored that they could be operational as early as 2020. In this way, you do not depend on possible failures and errors of third parties that can put at risk the image of the brand.
Now we can only update our equipment and expect the engineers to do their job quickly and efficiently. If you want to know more about how to mitigate speculative execution vulnerabilities in Intel processors, you can visit the following link. Then we leave the list of computers that can not be patched properly.
- MacBook (13 inches, late 2009)
- MacBook (13 inches, mid-2010)
- MacBook Air (13 inches, late 2010)
- MacBook Air (11 inches, late 2010)
- MacBook Pro (17 inches, mid-2010)
- MacBook Pro (15 inches, mid-2010)
- MacBook Pro (13 inches, mid-2010)
- iMac (21.5 inches, end of 2009)
- iMac (27 inches, end of 2009)
- iMac (21.5 inches, mid-2010)
- iMac (27 inches, mid-2010)
- Mac mini (mid-2010)
- Mac Pro (late 2010)