Intel Issuing Updates for Meltdown, Spectre Reboot Problem on Older Platforms

Intel Issuing Updates for Meltdown, Spectre Reboot Problem on Older Platforms

Intel Issuing Updates for Meltdown, Spectre Reboot Problem on Older Platforms

After it acknowledged two weeks ago that its initial fix for the Meltdown and Spectre flaws was itself flawed for users of older systems, Intel said Monday it has identified the "root cause" behind the problematic patches and will roll out updated patches later this week.

Well, not exactly. You see, it turns out the patch that was issued by Intel has a few problems of its own. 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".

"We believe it is important for OEMs and our customers to follow this guidance for all of the specified platforms listed below, as they may demonstrate higher than expected reboots and unpredictable system behavior".

Intel initially believed the reboot problem was limited to firmware updated systems running its older Broadwell and Haswell CPUs.


The company's data centre group general manager Navin Shenoy said in a statement that progress was being made to develop an update which would work.

In a blog post, Intel said new patches for Broadwell and Haswell-based computers - chips that are two generations removed from the current Skylake design - are being tested by "industry partners", which nearly assuredly includes the Big Three cloud computing providers in Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google.

At present, it seems the Meltdown patches have been causing more issues than the vulnerabilities themselves. In a post today, executive vice president Neil Shenoy announced that Intel had located the source of some of the recent reboot problems and is recommending users skip the patches entirely until a better version could be deployed.

And, hopefully, those left out in the cold by Intel should soon (Intel promises!) have a fix coming their way. Intel says they were "working around the clock to ensure we are addressing these issues".

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