Meltdown/Spectre Firmware Updates Causing Reboots for Some Intel Customers


If this requires a revised firmware update from Intel, we will distribute that update through the normal channels.

The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities are keeping a lot of people busy these days, although some ARM-based processors are not affected by them.

The Intel exec said users shouldn't feel discouraged by these snags and continue to install updates from OS makers and OEMs.

Intel also lists benchmark scores with PCMark 10 as well as 3DMark Sky Diver which cover better content creation and game performance.

While Shenoy has not clarified what systems are experiencing higher reboot rates, it could only be Linux systems for which Intel started rolling out CPU microcode updates yesterday.

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

The company warned that its patches for chip flaws are buggy. "Retpoline fully protects against Variant 2 without impacting customer performance on all of our platforms".

As companies are trying to recover from what were, and still are, perhaps the most severe CPU bugs in the history of the computer, people are wondering how exactly does this affect them.

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The moonshot came from Google engineer Paul Turner, and it's known as "Retpoline".

Intel said on Thursday it would issue patches for 90 percent of the chips less than 5 years old by Jan 15 and will then focus on providing patches for the older chips.

The potential review of the Intel Meltdown patch comes soon after CEO BrianKrzanich announced the company's "Security-First Pledge".

"The announcement of their "Security Pledge" is an obvious attempt to handle the non-technical issues Intel is going to be struggling with".

Ultimately, Intel and other chipmakers, such as AMD, will have to issue hardware- or firmware-level fixes to eliminate the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.

The security patches by Nvidia relate to software drivers that let its chips work with operating systems like Windows.

The scope of the flaw was monumental, though the affair was compounded by security updates that have impacted performance and system stability.