Published: Tue, January 23, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Intel Identifies Meltdown-Patch Reboot Problems in Broadwell and Haswell Chips

Intel Identifies Meltdown-Patch Reboot Problems in Broadwell and Haswell Chips

"We ask that our industry partners focus efforts on testing early versions of the updated solution so we can accelerate its release", Navin Shenoy, general manager of Intel's data centre group, said in a posting on the company's website. Intel's only said that more details for regarding when the Haswell/Broadwell fix would arriving later this week.

At the issue's outbreak, Intel advised hardware partners to stop issuing updates for unpatched devices, but not to recall the updates they had already issued.

Intel previously acknowledged that the software patch it issued appeared to be causing some customers' computers to reboot more frequently than normal.

The company is advising people to stay far away from its patch after users complained that it caused their machines to reboot. Earlier in January, Windows halted updates to computers with chips made by AMD when reports surfaced that some computers shut down and couldn't be rebooted after users installed the updates.

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Patching certain variants of the Spectre vulnearbility requires Intel to rewrite processor firmware, a challenging task that's much harder than patching the security flaws at a browser and operating system level. Processors made by those companies are also affected by the Spectre vulnerability, but to different degrees, and with virtually the entire data center processor market to itself Intel has nowhere to go but down. But when carrying out some more intensive tasks, like browsing the internet on multiple tabs, users could see slowdowns closer to 12 percent on computers running with patched chips, Intel found.

The US chip giant recommended that computer makers, cloud service providers, system manufacturers, software venders, and end users stop deployment of current versions of the patch. The same issues have been happening on Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, Skylake, and Kaby Lake processors too; Intel says it's "actively working on developing solutions" for those platforms as well.

And you can be fairly sure that Torvalds is not happy with the release because everyone has been busy dealing with the fallout from Meltdown and Spectre, even though the impact on Linux is minimal.

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