Intel now knows why Spectre and Metldown patches are causing reboots

23 January, 2018, 02:14 | Author: Yolanda Murray
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In case you missed the previous episodes of this messy saga, Intel first admitted that recent firmware updates for Haswell and Broadwell processors could cause "higher system reboots." He goes on to say that an early fix has been distributed to some industry partners for testing and that Intel will "make a final release available once that testing has been completed".

Intel's advice today is pretty much the same-it's advising OEMs, cloud service providers, system manufacturers, and software vendors to stop deploying the buggy updates, and to focus on testing early versions of the updated firmware.

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The chip maker began investigating its patch after users reported machines were unexpectedly rebooting after installing the update. However, it appears to be problematic for those on Broadwell or Haswell.

This unfortunate development came to light Monday, when Intel issued an official statement telling a groups of its customers to just slow their roll when it comes to updating their critically vulnerable systems.

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More importantly, the exec says that Intel has finally identified the root cause of reboot issues on Broadwell and Haswell processors.

A new version of the Meltdown/Spectre patches has been developed and is now in testing, Intel said. To check whether your system may have a problem, check the full list of processors at the Intel Product Security center. Now they are now advising users to "stop deployment of current versions". The Apple Processors expose users to at least two types of security risks (the "Security Vulnerabilities"), based on two hacking techniques, which have been dubbed "Meltdown" and "Spectre" by the technology community.

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And, hopefully, those left out in the cold by Intel should soon (Intel promises!) have a fix coming their way. While Intel has issued patches for up to 90 per cent of affected CPUs, they came out a cost.

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