Intel warns everyone not to download its Spectre and Meltdown patch

Intel provides reboot issue guidance

Some users have experienced "higher system reboots" after applying updates to Intel processor firmware to address possible Meltdown and Spectre attack scenarios, Intel explained back on January 11.

There have been numerous reports of issues with the various patches issued by vendors, including Intel.

Intel says that it has root-caused the issue on Haswell and Broadwell systems and that it has already issued a version of the fix to hardware partners, which are now testing it. Intel's official advisory to hardware partners hasn't changed: Don't issue anymore of the bugged update and start testing the new one. Specifically, it is causing unexpected reboot issues. Once that testing wraps up, the update will be made available for everyone.

This unfortunate development came to light Monday, when Intel issued an official statement telling a groups of its customers to just slow their roll when it comes to updating their critically vulnerable systems.

However, Intel has yet to directly address similar issues affecting both older and more recent processors than the Broadwell and Haswell families, namely Ivy Bridge, Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffee Lake generations. However, it appears to be problematic for those on Broadwell or Haswell.




The company published a full list of Intel-based platforms that are impacted by this problem, and it's quite long.

And when Intel's patches started causing their own issues, such as systems rebooting out of nowhere at a much more frequent clip than usual, the problem grew even more complex.

"I apologize for any disruption this change in guidance may cause", notes Intel Executive Vice President Navin Shenoy.

And, hopefully, those left out in the cold by Intel should soon (Intel promises!) have a fix coming their way.

Intel recommends that its customers stop distribution of the current version, as these patches may introduce unwanted behavior, including frequent reboots.

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