Intel says you shouldn’t install Spectre and Meltdown patches

Costea Lestoc By: Costea Lestoc
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The number of PC users who have been lately complaining about Intel’s Spectre and Meltdown patches is increasing. It seems that these rushed patches have been causing systems some spontaneous reboots and now the company has finally admitted that the problem is real.

As a result, Intel is currently recommending PC users not to get these patches until the issue has been fixed.

Intel’s recommendation

The company’s executive vice president Neil Shenoy stated that Intel recommends that software vendors, cloud service providers, OEMs, system manufacturers and also end users as well stop the deployment of the present versions on specific platforms.

The reasons for which the company made this recommendation is the fact that these versions of the patches have the ability to introduce much higher than expected reboots and all kinds of other unpredictable behaviors of the systems.

Intel asks its industry partners to focus their efforts on testing the early versions of the updated solution so that the company will be able to speed up its release. Intel also stated that more details on the timing of the solution’s launch would come later during this week.

Same issue on Broadwell and Haswell CPUs

The company stated that it had also found this same problem on Haswell and Broadwell processors a while ago and therefore Intel has been working on developing fixes for their other processor platforms including Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, Skylake, and also Kaby Lake.

The Meltdown patches seem to currently cause even more issues that the vulnerabilities themselves and this is a nasty problem. That’s why Intel said that the company is now working ‘around the clock’ just to make sure that it manages to address these severe issues.

You can currently check out more in-depth details of the root cause of the reboot issue on Intel’s official website.

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