Intel warns patches for chip flaws are buggy

Nvidia updates but claims to be unaffected by Sceptre

Nvidia updates but claims to be unaffected by Sceptre

Intel had been facing bad press following the initial speculation surrounding Meltdown and Spectre, as well as a disappointing CES keynote and class-action lawsuits being filed due to the CPU vulnerabilities.

The hardware vendor said these systems are both home computers and data center servers.

"We have received reports from a few customers of higher system reboots after applying firmware updates", Intel said on Thursday. "We are also working directly with data center customers to discuss the issue", Shenoy added. But for now, the fix is only optional.

As work continues on short-term fixes, many experts agree the technology industry faces a wholesale reckoning of long-established practices that led to these vulnerabilities in the first place.

The scope of the flaw was monumental, though the affair was compounded by security updates that have impacted performance and system stability. Along with the performance hits, the patches can trigger system errors including the Blue Screen of Death in PCs running incompatible antivirus software or a small number AMD chips. WSJ got its hands on a document Intel has been sending out, which recommends that customers "delay additional deployments of these microcode updates" while it figures out the reboot issue. To accelerate the security of the entire industry, we commit to publicly identify significant security vulnerabilities following rules of responsible disclosure and, further, we commit to working with the industry to share hardware innovations that will accelerate industry-level progress in dealing with side-channel attacks.

That said, the GPU manufacturer did clarify that their graphics cards are not affected by the said security flaw and that their consumers have nothing to worry about. For customers anxious about the fixes disrupting their machines, Intel said it will provide more updates to the public about the patching process, including "performance data".

Not only are users who applied these updates now facing notable performance degradation of their CPUs, some customers are seeing constant reboots in the wake of Intel's solution to the problem, something Intel addressed in its blog post.

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