Intel Continues To Struggle Delivering Stable Spectre And Meltdown Fixes

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Several days ago, Intel disclosed issues surrounding the update for fixing the recent Meltdown and Spectre flaws are actually causing problems on some systems. "Over the weekend, we began rolling out an early version of the updated solution to industry partners for testing, and we will make a final release available once that testing has been completed", Intel said today.

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Intel initially believed the reboot problem was limited to firmware updated systems running its older Broadwell and Haswell CPUs. The patches, which the company spent months crafting, cause computers to reboot more often than normal.

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At the issue's outbreak, Intel advised hardware partners to stop issuing updates for unpatched devices, but not to recall the updates they had already issued. However, even though Intel has now figured out why those reboot problems occurred with those processors, it seems that relief for end users will depend on the speed of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) testing efforts.

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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. In December, a critical flaw was discovered in all modern processors that let attackers use low-privileged apps to read the memory of a computer's kernel, the central part of an operating system, giving them the ability to steal sensitive data like passwords, files, and security keys. It claims to have found the root cause of the issue in Haswell (4th-generation) and Broadwell (5th-generation) chips but didn't name older or newer processor families, like Ivy Bridge, Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffee Lake. "I assure you we are working around the clock to ensure we are addressing these issues", added Shenoy.

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