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23 January 2018, 02:13 | Ruben Fields
Intel testing fix for reboot issues caused by Spectre patch on older CPUs
This update works perfectly fine on Skylake, Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake systems.
The chip maker began investigating its patch after users reported machines were unexpectedly rebooting after installing the update. Intel also said it had identified the root cause of the reboot problem in its older Broadwell and Haswell processors.
The problem specifically involves PCs and servers on Intel's fifth generation Core Broadwell and fourth-generation Haswell platforms, roughly released starting between 2013 and 2015. Intel now thinks it knows why and is making "good progress" on a solution. He goes on to say that an early fix has been distributed to some industry partners for testing and that Intel will "make a final release available once that testing has been completed".
This unfortunate development came to light Monday, when Intelissued an official statement telling a groups of its customers to just slow their roll when it comes to updating their critically vulnerable systems. OEMs have to test Intel's updates first to ensure that problem-free firmware updates get out the door to end users.
"We recommend that OEMs, cloud service providers, system manufacturers, software vendors and end users stop deployment of current versions, as they may introduce higher than expected reboots and other unpredictable system behavior."
"I apologize for any disruption this change in guidance may cause", notes Intel Executive Vice President Navin Shenoy. Especially if users have a Haswell or Broadwell based system. It also advised customers of certain systems (a full list is here) to stop deploying the patches until the updated patches are released. Recent statements from Intel and Microsoft confirm that some patches may cause a reduction in system performance, as patching the vulnerabilities means fiddling with processes that are created to speed up CPU performance.
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