Chipzilla has slipped out a statement to the effect that "We have received reports from a few customers of higher system reboots after applying firmware updates". "If this requires a revised firmware update from Intel, we will distribute that update through the normal channels".
Intel said Thursday one of its patches for the Spectre and Meltdown attacks can cause its processors to reboot when they're not supposed to.
Browsing the web and using applications will see some performance reduction, and usage of heavy applications will see that increase again, as Intel explained: "In certain cases, some users may see a more noticeable impact". Yes, chips from Intel and Arm were affected, but what about chips from AMD?
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We've asked Oracle and Fujitsu for more information and will update this story if they send more information. The Spectre vulnerability is possible on a broad range of processor designs from multiple vendors. The patch caused many systems with older AMD processors to become unusable.
Intel advises consumers to use firmware updates available from their computer makers, but is advising computer makers and cloud providers to hold off from using the Intel firmware updates, Mr. Smith said.
The public disclosure on January 3rd that multiple research teams had discovered security issues related to how modern microprocessors handle speculative execution has brought to the forefront the constant vigilance needed to protect and secure data. Making sure your anti-virus program has updated your system is a critical first step (check the support website for your program).
A Yahoo logo is pictured in front of a building in Rolle, 30 km (19 miles) east of Geneva, in this file picture taken December 12, 2012. The number of affected devices is most likely in the billions, according to cybersecurity company Norton by Symantec.
As with most cybersecurity concerns, users have to stay vigilant. The Meltdown flaw only affects chips made by Intel. Advanced Micro also makes graphics chips.
The bad news on the fix front applies to Broadwell and Haswell CPUs in terms of both consumer and data center use, with rebooting issues apparently plaguing some users.
Yahoo officials could not be reached immediately for comment.
The confusion is understandable, since AMD's initial statement last week said, in part, that "AMD is not susceptible to all three variants".