Intel Recommends Waiting to Apply Haswell and Broadwell Spectre and Meltdown Patches

Subject: Processors | January 22, 2018 - 09:40 PM |
Tagged: spectre, meltdown, Intel

A couple of weeks ago, Intel acknowledged reports that firmware updates for Spectre and Meltdown resulted in reboots and other stability issues. At the time, they still suggested that end-users should apply the patch regardless. They have since identified the cause and their recommendation has changed: OEMs, cloud service providers, system manufacturers, software vendors, and end users should stop deploying the firmware until a newer solution is released.

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The new blog post also states that an early version of the updated patch has been created. Testing on the updated firmware started over the weekend, and it will be published shortly after that process has finished.

According to their security advisory, another patch that solved both Spectre 1 and Meltdown did not exhibit stability and reboot issues. This suggests that something went wrong with the Spectre 2 mitigation, which could be a fun course of speculation for tea-leaf readers to guess what went wrong in the patch. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter, though, because new code will be available soon.

Source: Intel

January 22, 2018 | 09:53 PM - Posted by PengSplodingToDoFerLinus (not verified)

The Kernel Penguin is not Happy with the big CPU interest's PR over substance lately, but the big CPU interest is trying to avoid responsibility even more lately!

" 'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature

Patches slammed as 'complete and utter garbage' as Chipzilla U-turns on microcode"

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/22/intel_spectre_fix_linux/

January 23, 2018 | 02:05 AM - Posted by Kareha

Maybe someone in the tech media can find out why Intel are, ahem, bullshitting everyone about this. You know something is wrong when Linus explodes

January 23, 2018 | 11:34 AM - Posted by Geforcepat (not verified)

Good. let us know when you have a patch that has very little to none performance hit.

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