Intel advises customers not to download Spectre patch after reboot problems

Intel advises customers not to download Spectre patch after reboot problems

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  1. froggyboy604

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    Intel has begun “quietly advising some customers to hold off installing patches” related to the recent Spectre vulnerability, according to emails seen by the Wall Street Journal, and confirmed by a blog post from Intel. The company is reportedly telling cloud-center customers and computer manufacturers to hold off on applying some recent updates, due to a bug in the patch that appears to be causing reboot problems for some systems.

    “We have received reports from a few customers of higher system reboots after applying firmware updates,” Intel EVP Navin Shenoy said in a statement. “Specifically, these systems are running Intel Broadwell and Haswell CPUs for both client and data center. We are working quickly with these customers to understand, diagnose and address this reboot issue.”

    Intel advises customers not to download Spectre patch after reboot problems

    This is a disappointing problem for Intel users who are affected by this patch. Hopefully, users backed up all their data before installing the patch.

    Reboot problems can be difficult to fix since you sometimes can't login regularly into Windows to fix the problem. Sometimes, safemode does not work, and a clean install is necessary to fix Windows. If the patch mess up the firmware on the CPU, and motherboard, it can be even more difficult to fix for most computer users.

    I think some Intel Customers affected by this reboot problem may sue Intel for lost of data, time, and data recovery and computer repair fees.
     
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    I feel it is unlikely for Intel to get a break in the near future, and Intel workers may take a long time to come out with a patch which does not break as many computers with Intel CPUs, and fully protecting Intel CPU without noticeably slowing down a PC.

    There is a chance that early versions of the patches and firmware updates may not fully protect Intel CPU from highly skilled hackers who may find a way to hack the firmware and patches to Intel CPUs.
     

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