Intel admits patch for chip flaw is causing reboot problems

Intel admits patch for chip flaw is causing reboot problems

Intel admits patch for chip flaw is causing reboot problems

As it's a huge security flaw, you're advised to install the patches as soon as they become available for your machine.

Spectre variant 2 (Branch Target Injection or Spectre), on the other hand, will require a combination of OS patches and microcode updates to address. These can be found at the Intel.com website. Image source: Getty Images.

These bugs could allow hackers to access sensitive information like passwords and other private information from devices. It's worth noting that a reboot is required to patch the system.

The contrasting responses have included a highly unusual suggestion from a Microsoft executive that some customers might be better off not even trying to secure their computers, if they felt the security gains were more than offset by performance losses.

Microsoft has also released patches for the flaws, but earlier this week admitted that its Spectre Variant 2 patch slowed down some personal computers and servers, with systems running on older Intel Corp processors seeing a noticeable decrease in performance.

In a subsequent statement Thursday, AMD said there was "no change" to its position on the susceptibility of its chips to Spectre, but shares fell as much as four percent after the first AMD announcement.

Despite this, the company is working with hardware partners to release firmware updates for EPYC and Ryzen systems. In it he promises transparency from the company and reiterates a previous promise that patches will be made available for the majority of processors by next week.

Responding to questions about its GPUs, AMD says Radeon architectures do not use speculative execution and therefore are not susceptible to the threats. If they're writing emails or surfing the web they're barely straining their PC's power at all, and so any slowdown is likely to be imperceptible.

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) issued an update for Windows that would protect users from Meltdown exploits. We know that impact on performance varies widely, based on the specific workload, platform configuration and mitigation technique. However, the emergency updates apparently caused overworking most Intel processors.

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Intel will help customers find the best approach in terms of security, performance, and compatibility, it said in a statement on Tuesday. LinkedIn is owned by Microsoft. The Motley Fool has the following options: long January 2020 $150 calls on Apple and short January 2020 $155 calls on Apple.

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