According to PC medias around the globe post " Intel Downfall vulnerable from Skylake to Tiger lake SKUs. ".
For more info of " Downfall "
Gather is a feature provided by Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (Intel® AVX2) and Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512) . It comprises a collection of single-instruction, multiple data (SIMD) instructions which fetch non-contiguous data elements from memory using vector-index memory addressing.
When a gather instruction performs loads from memory, different data elements are merged into the destination vector register according to the mask specified. In some situations, due to hardware optimizations specific to gather instructions, stale data from previous usage of architectural or internal vector registers may get transiently forwarded to dependent instructions without being updated by the gather loads. These dependent instructions may allow a malicious attacker to infer stale vector register data that is transmitted through a covert channel, such as shared CPU cache.
The scope of stale data exposure through this behavior is limited to the same physical processor core. An attacker with local code execution ability may observe stale data from the same physical processor core on a sampling basis (in this sense, GDS is similar to MDS) but cannot directly control or specify what data can be inferred.
Inferring stale data using a GDS attack requires malicious code to use gather instructions. However, GDS attacks can affect software which does not use gather instructions. Such attacks can expose data processed by instructions that use architectural vector registers explicitly (for example, SIMD or scalar SSE and Intel AVX instructions) as well as those that use internal vector registers implicitly (for example, REP MOVS instructions).
The Skylake X 02007006 and Cascade Lake X 05003604 microcode series for our products line can protect these issues.
Hope ASUS BIOS team release new UEFI BIOS revision for us all soon.
@MasterC Is Asus going to revisit any older motherboards from 7-11th Gen?
I would at least like to see updates from 9th Gen upwards because I own a GL12CX, G21CX, GZ700GX and GX703.
I mean the GL12CX has this weird motherboard issue where the RAM speed says its adjustable, but isn't
And the option to enable/disable overclocking lock disappears when you insert a i9-9900KS (Special Edition)...which is weird because it ships with a 9900K...soooo idk it would be really dope for some small issues to get fixed with a BIOS update along with a big security vulnerability. I know Asus for...some weird reason has a lower window of motherboard support for its prebuilts as opposed to the motherboard kits like the PRIME, MAXIMUS, HERO...etc but throw us a bone plzzzz
Shamino and his team may during work around to address these issue. Just waiting for their works.