Intel tells users to stop deploying buggy Spectre patch, citing technical issues

Intel says it has found “root cause” of flawed patches for Meltdown and Spectre on older systems

Intel tells users to stop deploying buggy Spectre patch, citing technical issues

Intel's only said that more details for regarding when the Haswell/Broadwell fix would arriving later this week. Instead, these partners should "focus efforts on testing early versions of the updated solution so we can accelerate its release". Regular computer users don't have a lot to worry about, but operations managers at cloud companies and data centers have done little else in 2018 but worry about these security issues and the performance impact of the patches created to mitigate those issues.

It also comes after Microsoft was forced to withdraw AMD's patch for the Spectre bug after causing users similar problems. The company over the past few weeks has issued patches to help mitigate the processor vulnerabilities, but those patches have resulted in frequent reboots of both older (Broadwell, Haswell) and newer (Skylake, Kaby Lake) processors, and everything in between.

Each time news trickles out about just how insane this unprecedented industry event really is, cloud vendors and data center managers consider buying servers from AMD or ARM vendors the next time their systems need to be replaced.

Those patches, however, have only dug Intel into a deeper hole.

The patches, which the company spent months crafting, cause computers to reboot more often than normal. Once that testing wraps up, the update will be made available for everyone.

It seems Intel is asking many clients to rip that band aid off as the supposed cure is now causing more widespread harm than the vulnerabilities it is to protect against. "The security of our products is critical for Intel, our customers and partners, and for me, personally. Please be assured we are working quickly to address these issues".

Intel now says users should avoid installing and partners should stop distributing the patch it issued to protect against the Meltdown and Spectre attacks.

"We continue to urge all customers to vigilantly maintain security best practice and for consumers to keep systems up-to-date", he said. A spokesperson for Intel told Business Insider that the company is working on the Haswell and Broadwell chips first, and will subsequently work on fixes for other models.

The Intel executive added that the released firmware updates have been "effective at mitigating exposure to the security issues".

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