NVIDIA introduced the SHIELD Pill long ago in the summertime of 2014. Maximum software makers would have lengthy since deserted a pill from that generation, however NVIDIA has saved it quite up-to-date. The pill is working Nougat and were given the KRACK patch overdue closing yr. Now, NVIDIA says it is operating on a brand new patch to handle the hot spate of CPU vulnerabilities.

The Spectre and Meltdown CPU flaws had been detailed previous this month. Whilst Meltdown is restricted to x86 architectures, Spectre can have an effect on ARM. NVIDIA says its GPUs don’t seem to be affected, however the Cortex-A15 CPU cores within the Tegra chip are probably liable to Spectre (variant 1 and a pair of). Instrument mitigation can give protection to the SHIELD pill, so an replace is within the works to stay customers protected.

NVIDIA says the Spectre patch will have to be in a position later this month. It’ll be a part of the SHIELD Enjoy Improve five.four. Each the SHIELD Pill and the Pill K1 are on v5.three, so this will have to follow to each gadgets. We do not know if there shall be anything integrated within the replace, however it is great to look NVIDIA nonetheless preserving an older pill safe.


It took a little bit longer than anticipated, however the Enjoy Improve five.four is now rolling out to the Pill and Pill K1 with the Spectre patch and the January 2018 safety stage. Thank you Soren and Zach Webb.

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