Intel's Latest On Spectre Fix Reboot Issue: Updated Fix Being Tested

REUTERS  Nir Elias An Intel logo is seen at the company's offices in Petah Tikva near Tel Aviv Israel

Intel pumped the brakes on updates to some of its processors Monday, telling phone and computer makers as well as users to stop updating systems until Intel finishes investigating why the patches were causing devices to reboot unexpectedly. Assuming testing goes well, we can likely expect Intel to release the fix more broadly.

"We have determined that similar behavior occurs on other products in some configurations, including Ivy Bridge-, Sandy Bridge-, Skylake-, and Kaby Lake-based platforms". Intel also said it had identified the root cause of the reboot problem in its older Broadwell and Haswell processors.

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. However, Intel noted at the time that the general public was not directly affected, and recommended that home consumers continue installing patches put out by their system and operating system providers.




Intel previously acknowledged that the software patch it issued appeared to be causing some customers' computers to reboot more frequently than normal. Specifically, it is causing unexpected reboot issues. He expected details on when updated patches might be released to be available later this week.

Intel executive vice president Navin Shenoy addressed their customers and industry partners in a recent blog post and detailed the developments in the firmware updates they are working on to continuously resolve the massive effects of Meltdown and Spectre.

The Meltdown and Spectre flaws relate to how a CPU handles tasks that it thinks a PC will need to perform in the future, known as speculative execution. That's because manufacturers deliver the Spectre and Meltdown updates to the chips through a different program. 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.

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