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Don't download Intel's latest Spectre and Meltdown patch, Intel warns

Don't download Intel's latest Spectre and Meltdown patch, Intel warns”

PC users have been complaining that Intel's rushed Spectre and Meltdown patches were causing spontaneous reboots, and now Intel has admitted as much, and now officially recommends users avoid their software.

Intel recently promised that all of its processors from the past five years would be protected against the Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilities by the end of January, and this is proving to be more hard than expected. OEMs have to test Intel's updates first to ensure that problem-free firmware updates get out the door to end users. However, Intel says it is also working to create a new version of its original update that removes Spectre variant 2-related fixes, but maintains Spectre variant 1 and Meltdown fixes.

Intel says that it has root-caused the issue on Haswell and Broadwell systems and that it has already issued a version of the fix to hardware partners, which are now testing it. Intel's official advisory to hardware partners hasn't changed: Don't issue anymore of the bugged update and start testing the new one.

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Now Executive VP Navin Shenoy has posted on the Intel Newsroom that they have now identified what is causing the problem. There was no indication of when Intel will release an updated fix, although the industry is very concerned about the ability of attackers to exploit the vulnerabilities.

Intel has asked computer makers to stop rolling out a set of faulty patches it issued to fix security flaws in its chips and instead start testing an updated version. It also advised customers of certain systems (a full list is here) to stop deploying the patches until the updated patches are released.

It's still not clear what the long-term implications of Meltdown and Spectre are for users running systems older than Kaby Lake or Skylake, and the state of communication around these various patches hasn't helped. "Please be assured we are working quickly to address these issues".



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