Intel Fumbles Its Patch for Chip Flaw

Google Shares High Performing Solutions to Spectre and Meltdown

Meltdown and Spectre chip flaw timeline

If this requires a revised firmware update from Intel, we will distribute that update through the normal channels. Last week the company revealed two chip vulnerabilities that have come to be known as Spectre and Meltdown and have been rocking the entire chip industry ever since (not just Intel). He also said that users should continue to apply updates provided by the maker of their computers or operating systems.

The company says that in order to protect its products, it deployed anti-Spectre and Meltdown solutions which users didn't even notice.

"We have received reports from a few customers of higher system reboots after applying firmware updates", said Shenoy.

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

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For recent chip flaws, once the patches are applied, developers have to rewrite code to support the patch.

Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) is quietly advising some customers to hold off installing patches that address new security flaws affecting virtually all of its processors, WSJ reports.

"For months, hundreds of engineers across Google and other companies worked continuously to understand these new vulnerabilities and find mitigations for them", he wrote. Patches should be available for most of its chips made in the past five years, CEO Brian Krzanich said at the CES trade show in Las Vegas this week.

The cause of the issue is now unknown, but Intel has revealed it's working around the clock to assemble and distribute a patch - though there's no telling how long it will take to arrive. AMD have also reiterated that their CPU architectures are not vulnerable to variant three Meltdown attacks, and that their Radeon GPUs do not use speculative execution entirely and are not susceptible to attacks whatsoever.

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

Google said it started deploying patches for Meltdown and one variant of Spectre in September, and by December created a patch for Variant 2 of Spectre, which is more hard to fix without slowing down systems.

However, those who run container infrastructures estimate a milder impact of this additional work than the undertaking for those who must patch VM-based infrastructures, especially manually, to combat Meltdown and Spectre.

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