Linux Patches Intel Flaw 6 Years Ahead of Windows

The fix first landed in the Linux kernel in 2006 and has remained in place ever since, but only on Linux. For users of Windows 7 as well as the open source FreeBSD and NetBSD operating system, it’s another story. Up until six weeks ago, those operating systems were all at risk from the flaw that Linux patched six year ago. Wojtczuk noted that on June 12th all of the affected vendors patched their respective operating systems for the Intel privilege escalation flaw.