Intel Says Meltdown, Spectre Patches Can Cause Reboot Problems in Old Chips

Spectre & meltdown bugs Apple releases iOS 11.2 and macOS

"We will have some micro-code and some updates with our software partners to ensure that [Spectre] Variant 2 is taken care of", Su told Yahoo Finance. In a post on its website, the chip firm goes into how it plans to deal with these problems. "Customers will not receive the January 2018 security updates (or any subsequent security updates) and will not be protected from security vulnerabilities unless their antivirus software vendor sets the following registry key", it added.

Microsoft has warned that the fixes for Spectre and Meltdown are likely to have a 'significant performance impact' on some PCs or servers, depending on what Windows operating system and silicon people are running.

NVIDIA has updated its GPU drivers to protect against the security flaw known as Spectre. We are working closely with them to correct an issue that paused the distribution of patches for some older AMD processors (AMD Opteron, Athlon and AMD Turion X2 Ultra families) earlier this week. "We are patching the CPU vulnerability the same way that Amazon, the same way that SAP, the same way that Microsoft, etc are patching, because we have software as well".

Meltdown and Spectre patches for the Linux and Microsoft platforms are already available.

So, yes, AMD processors are safer than the chip families - Intel, POWER, ARM - affected by Meltdown. Distribution of patches for older CPUs was paused after they bricked some systems, but fixed versions of these updates should resume by next week. "The topic is of keen interest to large data-center operators, which could incur significant cost increases if computers slow down".

Enclosed in an open letter from CEO, Brian Krzanich, the company has affirmed its desire to offer more "transparent and timely communications".

The chipmaker's troubles aren't over yet, however.

Our GPUs are immune, they're not affected by these security issues. Unfortunately there have been reports on some AMD Windows PCs 'bricking', especially with patches for older AMD processors (AMD Opteron, Athlon and AMD Turion X2 Ultra families). Some AMD users had run into blue screen errors, an inability to restart their computers, and other issues.

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