The second Tuesday in the month seems to come around more quickly each time, and patch watchers should be especially excited about this month’s Patch Tuesday from Microsoft: it’s the first update for Windows 11 (opens in new tab) since its October 5 launch. Missing from this first Windows 11 update is a fix for the AMD Ryzen L3 cache issue but AMD is confident that a fix will be available very soon.
This update, known as KB5006674, delivers security fixes - MS doesn’t say what that entails - along with a fix for those with Intel Killer and SmartByte networking gear suffering from packet drops. There's also a Servicing Stack update for Windows Update itself.
Windows 10 users (opens in new tab) get all the same stuff, via update KB5006670, along with a notice that Windows 10 version 2004 (aka 20H1, or the May 2020 update) will reach the end of servicing support on December 14, 2021, and users should update immediately (opens in new tab).
Other issues with Windows 11, such as the occasional non-starting (opens in new tab) of Virtualbox VMs, remain unpatched, but the elephant in the room has to be the Ryzen cache latency and core scheduling bug, which sees AMD chips slowed by up to 15% under the new operating system. An article on the site Techpowerup (opens in new tab) claims that the new patch actually makes this worse.
An AMD statement (opens in new tab) confirmed that a new driver will be available this month to address the core scheduling problem, and a cache usage fix will come via Windows Update, also later this month.