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Intel advises users to stop installing CPU patches

Written by James Delahunty @ 23 Jan 2018 10:51 User comments (1)

Intel advises users to stop installing CPU patches Intel is now advising customers not to install previously released patches to address serious CPU flaws that were disclosed publicly this month.
Meltdown and Spectre have been demonstrated to put sensitive and private information at risk, if exploited successfully. The flaw exists in hardware and so there was never going to be easy ways to mitigate. Meltdown is a flaw that is exclusively only to Intel CPUs, whereas Spectre affects chips from Intel, AMD or ARM-based chips.

Intel began pushing out patches to mitigate the issues earlier this month, but is now advising the users stop installing them. The new advice comes after users and firms reported reported dramatic slowdowns and unpredictable behavior, including constant reboots or a failure to boot at all.

The chipmaker says it understand what has caused the unpredicted outcomes and is now advising that customers start testing early versions of new patches that it is putting out, and has apologized publicly for the disruption its change of advice has caused.

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127.1.2018 17:57

Awesome. Thanks for this Good advice. I'm just very glad that I did not use the patches. I am glad that is in existence. Thanks again.

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