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Intel warns patches for chip flaws are buggy

Intel warns patches for chip flaws are buggy

"While we believe that AMD's processor architectures make it hard to exploit Variant 2, we continue to work closely with the industry on this threat", the statement reads. However, AMD processors are vulnerable to Spectre, yet it has largely skated through unscathed.

In the meantime, Microsoft this week said it has "temporarily paused" patches for Windows customers running AMD processors after some users reported seeing the "blue screen of death" after the update was applied. "We expect to make updates available for our previous generation products over the coming weeks".

But Nvidia still has to plug the security hole even if it could affect the performance of its GPUs, as is the case with other fixes for Spectre and Meltdown, though Nvidia hasn't detailed any ramifications the patches may carry.

The company is not giving the same advice to consumers, however, with Navin stating, "End-users should continue to apply updates recommended by their system and operating system providers".




The terse statement continued: "We have received reports from a few customers of higher system reboots after applying firmware updates". According to Google, the patch has a "negligible" impact on performance, especially compared to the Microsoft and Intel patches, which have been confirmed to slow down some systems.

Since the second version of Spectre needs a different fix, AMD will also provide its customers and partners for Ryzen and EPYC processors with a patch for its chips starting this week. "We are also working directly with data center customers to discuss the issue". "As for our driver software, we are providing updates to help mitigate the CPU security issue".

The company also said Linux vendors are now distributing patches for AMD products. AMD's processors aren't "susceptible" to Meltdown, the chipmaker wrote, "due to [the company's] use of privilege level protections within paging architecture".


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